U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that 1,155 Chinese nationals were apprehended after they illegally entered the U. S. from Mexico, Canada, or coastal boundaries.
Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 95 percent of the Chinese nationals at the southwestern border between October 1, 2019, and January 31, 2020.
A total of 1,114 were apprehended after crossing at the southwestern border with Mexico.
Another 17 were apprehended after illegally crossing the Canadian border.
Then 24 were apprehended along coastal boundaries.
Breitbart Texas investigated the matter after Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, and Del Rio Sectors commented on the increasing numbers of Chinese migrants appearing in their sectors.
During Fiscal Year 2019, which ended on September 30, CBP reports show that Border Patrol agents apprehended 2,134 Chinese migrants after they illegally entered the U.S.
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The 1,155 apprehended during the first four months of FY2020 represents more than half of the total arrested during the entire previous year. In FY19, agents arrested 2,060 along the southwestern border, 47 along the northern border, and 27 along coastal boundaries.
Breitbart Texas asked Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston if the Chinese migrants represent a public health threat amid Coronavirus concerns.
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Dr. Hotez downplayed any threat due to the incubation period of the virus, currently estimated to be up to 14 days, according to the CDC.
He did not believe the migrants posed a significant threat at this time.