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Tags: biden administration | vetting | chinese | immigrants | dhs | customs and border protection

Biden Admin Eased Vetting for Chinese Immigrants

By    |   Tuesday, 02 January 2024 09:19 PM EST

In a significant policy shift in April 2023, the Biden administration streamlined the vetting process for Chinese illegal immigrants, as disclosed by an internal U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) email obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

According to the April 2023 email sent by a CBP supervisor to approximately 500 Border Patrol agents, the administration directed officials to substantially reduce the interview questions for Chinese migrants from around 40 to just five. The directive, framed as "headquarters guidance," was issued amidst a surge in illegal crossings, complicating the work of border agents.

J.J. Carrell, a retired CBP deputy patrol agent in charge, reviewed the email and expressed concern, stating that the revised policy not only expedited the processing of Chinese illegal immigrants but also hindered CBP agents' ability to identify potential national security threats. Carrell emphasized, "This policy change has accelerated the time it takes to process Chinese illegal immigrants — this doesn't make America safer."

The reduced interview process created challenges for agents, who previously spent hours vetting a single Chinese immigrant. Carrell pointed out that the simplified guidelines facilitated human smuggling operations, as illegal immigrants quickly adapted to the new protocol, being coached on how to navigate the abbreviated set of questions posed by CBP.

The April 2023 CBP email indicated that Chinese illegal immigrants passing the basic questions could be released into the U.S. interior with a court date set years into the future, contributing to a backlog of over three million U.S. immigration court cases by November 2023.

Border Patrol data from 2022 revealed encounters with approximately 35,000 Chinese illegal immigrants, with a staggering 1,000% surge in encounters between 2022 and 2023. Despite the streamlined process, concerns arise over the potential national security implications of releasing individuals with ties to the Chinese government or military.

The simplified vetting process involves five basic questions related to "Military Service," "Universities," "POB/Region," "Employment," and "Political Party." The questions aim to determine potential ties to terrorism or the Chinese government, with a referral to the Tactical Terrorism Response Team (TTRT) for further assessment if affirmative responses are received.

However, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Special Interest Alien (SIA) list does not currently include immigrants from China, raising questions about the effectiveness of the vetting system.

The former law enforcement official who provided the email argued that the pre-April 2023 vetting system was overwhelmed due to the surge in southern border crossings. Carrell noted that the CBP vetting process was more rigorous for Chinese illegal immigrants during the Trump administration, involving a lengthier questionnaire and thorough examination of potential criminal history.

"If I received a Chinese national, we'd input them into the DHS database, look through [the National Crime Information Center] for criminal history in America — and nine times out of 10 these people have never been in America — so they'll come back clean," Carrell told the DCNF. "I would then set that individual up for deportation, and [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] would fly him or her back to China. Never in a million years would I then process that Chinese national and then just release them into America."

"Now, that person would be interviewed, put into the database, and then just simply street-released," Carrell said.

Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas is a writer based in Indiana. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, a law degree from U.I.C. Law School, and has practiced law for more than 20 years.

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In a significant policy shift in April 2023, the Biden administration streamlined the vetting process for Chinese illegal immigrants, as disclosed by an internal U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) email obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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