Chinese national in the US illegally arrested after entering California military base

Mar 30, 2024 | Political News

A Chinese national was apprehended in California after driving onto a Marine Corps base and refusing to leave upon confrontation, local authorities confirmed on Friday.

“Despite being prompted to exit at the Condor gate by installation security, the individual proceeded onto the installation without authorization. Military law enforcement were immediately notified and detained the individual,” a spokesperson for the US Marine Corps' Training and Education Command said. 

According to reports from a local news channel, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) verified the arrest, revealing that the individual was in the country illegally.

USBP Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino took to social media platform X to share a photo of the apprehended individual, emphasizing that the individual entered the base without permission and disregarded orders to leave.

“His purpose and intent behind his actions are still being investigated,” Bovino wrote.

This incident surfaces amidst growing concerns over the presence of Chinese nationals around US military installations. The US military base in Guam, for example, is facing serious national security concerns after reports of an increasing number of Chinese nationals illegally entering the island. 

House Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green expressed concerns over this rising trend, stating, “We simply do not know for what purpose these individuals are coming.”

Chinese migrants are currently the fastest growing group attempting to cross the southern border into the United States, with over 90% of encounters being single adults. Fox News reported over 22,000 such encounters since October 1, sparking worries among US officials about potential infiltration by individuals aligned with the interests of the Chinese Communist Party.