New Flavor in Arizona: Chinese
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H/T the invaluable and indefatigable One Old Vet blog for In Arizona, a Stream of Illegal Immigrants From China , By Stephen Ceasar, The New York Times January 22, 2010
The number of Chinese immigrants arrested while illegally crossing the border into Arizona through the busiest smuggling corridor in the United States increased tenfold in the last fiscal year, according to the United States Border Patrol in Tucson.

In fiscal 2009, 332 Chinese immigrants were caught in the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, up from 30 the previous year, Border Patrol figures showed. And in what could be a sign of a record-breaking pace for this year, agents in the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector arrested 281 Chinese immigrants from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, the first quarter of the current fiscal year.

This of course is a blinding illustration of the criminal fecklessness demonstrated by America’s political class in not building an effective border fence. Like Israel. The gap is such a magnet that it is attracting people from the other side of the world.

And let no one say enforcement does not work:

Chinese smugglers have traditionally used shipping containers to take immigrants through American ports, but that has subsided as container inspections have increased
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Now Chinese immigrants do not pose the same problems as Haitians. They bring their own, for instance slavery:

Chinese immigrants commonly pay smugglers upward of $40,000 each to lead them from their homeland to the United States, Mr. Jimarez said… ”The price far exceeds other nationalities, mainly due to the elaborate nature of the trip from China to Mexico…”

Peter Chan, a Tucson businessman who works as an interpreter at the federal courthouse in Tucson, said some immigrants had told him that they had paid a deposit of $5,000 to $10,000 to Chinese smugglers before leaving China. If the immigrants make it to America, Mr. Chan said, they begin paying the smugglers the remainder of the cost.

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The report notes that many of the immigrants are from Fujian Province, whose inhabitants have acquired an unsavory reputation for cruel exploitation of their own people in this situation.

Thanks very much, John McCain.

Unrelated note: news of ex-Congressman J.D.Hayworth: Former Ariz. congressman plans run against McCain Jan 23 2010

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