Dr Phil suggests Chinese migrants entering US across border are spies sending ‘farming seeds back’: ‘I promise you, they’re expected to do certain things’
Dr. Phil McGraw has suggested that Chinese migrants crossing the border are working as spies.
The TV personality appeared on Fox News on Tuesday to discuss his recent trip to the US-Mexico border, which has seen a significant influx of Chinese migrants.
“We’d be incredibly narcissistic to assume that these people are coming in here just because they’re in the neighborhood,” Dr. Phil told Sean Hannity.
‘What are they doing? If they work in farming, if they work in industry, I promise you they are expected to do certain things. Are they spying? Do they send seed back from farming to China? Do they get plans from industries they work on?’
While previously many of the migrants causing the US border crisis came from Central and South America, now thousands have come from China.
Dr. Phi McGraw suggested that Chinese migrants crossing the border were working as spies
Dr. Phil slammed President Biden’s immigration policy for fueling a ‘humanitarian crisis’ on the southern border, saying it’s ‘unlike anything we’ve seen before’
Over the 2023 fiscal year, which ended in September, US Customs and Border Protection reported 24,048 Chinese nationals were apprehended at the Mexico border, more than in the previous ten years combined.
That’s more than 10 times more than the 1,970 arrests recorded during the 2022 fiscal year, and just 323 the year before, when China was under strict pandemic travel bans and lockdowns.
Last week, Dr Phil criticized President Biden’s immigration policy for fueling a ‘humanitarian crisis’ on the southern border, saying it was ‘unlike anything we’ve seen before’.
The talk show host, 73, said he visited the border in Texas because he needed to see “for myself” the rampant illegal immigration flooding the US.
“More than six million illegal immigrants have crossed Texas’ southern border in just three years,” he said.
“That’s more than the population of 33 different states in this country.”
It comes as tensions mount between Texas officials and the federal government over how to stop the constant caravans, after December broke the record for migrants who encountered border officials in a staggering 302,000 incidents.
Meanwhile, TikTokers posted videos warning migrants of the easiest entry points.
TikTokers appear to have undermined efforts to strengthen the defense system by advertising its weaknesses to migrants — including holes in the fence between Mexico and California.
While previously many of the migrants causing the US border crisis came from Central and South America, now thousands have come from China
Over the 2023 fiscal year, which ended in September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 24,048 border patrol apprehensions of Chinese migrants at the southern border.
Migrants who formed an orderly line to cross through the hole on Sunday told 60 Minutes that they learned about the entrance thanks to a video on TikTok.
One video gives step-by-step instructions on hiring smugglers, and detailed directions to holes in the border defenses.
Migrant smugglers are also known to advertise their illegal services in exchange for cash on the Chinese-owned app.
An extensive USA Today report detailed the ways in which both migrants and human smugglers have harnessed the power of social media to advise others making the journey and promote their services.
Other smugglers have even taken to social media to brag about how easy it is to cross the US-Mexico border.
The influx of Chinese migrants can be partly explained by the rise in popularity of the dangerous Darien Gap route.
Chinese people were the fourth highest nationality, after Venezuelans, Ecuadorians and Haitians, crossing the Darién Gap during most of 2023, according to Panamanian immigration authorities.
Chinese asylum seekers who spoke to The Associated Press, as well as observers, say they are trying to escape an increasingly oppressive political climate and bleak economic outlook.
The pandemic and China’s COVID-19 policies, which included strict border controls, temporarily halted the exodus that rose dramatically in 2018 when President Xi Jinping amended the constitution to scrap presidential term limits.
Now emigration has resumed, with China’s economy struggling to recover and youth unemployment high. The United Nations has predicted that China will lose 310,000 people through emigration this year, compared to 120,000 in 2012.
This became known as ‘runxue’, or the study of running away. The term began as a way to circumvent censorship by using a Chinese character whose pronunciation is spelled like the English word ‘run’ but means ‘moisturizing’. Now it’s an internet meme.
“This wave of emigration reflects despair towards China,” Cai Xia, editor-in-chief of the online commentary website Yibao and a former professor at the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing.
“They lost hope for the future of the country,” said Cai, who now lives in the US. “You see among them the educated and the uneducated, white-collar workers, as well as small business owners, and those from wealthy families.”
The popular route to the US is through Ecuador, which has no visa requirements for Chinese citizens. Migrants from China join Latin Americans in moving north through the once impenetrable Darién and across several Central American countries before reaching the US border. The journey is famous enough that it has its own name in Chinese: walk the line, or ‘zouxian’.