Congressional committee chair slams TikTok's role in aiding Chinese migrant surge at southern border

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Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., president of nan Select Committee connected nan Chinese Communist Party, slammed TikTok for aiding a surge of Chinese migrants trying to transverse nan U.S. confederate border.

"This is further grounds that TikTok must beryllium banned aliases sold to an American company. President Biden must besides reverse his open-border policies," Gallagher said.

"You're not going to pay cartels thousands of dollars to smuggle you into nan United States if you cognize you can't get in," Gallagher argued. "Instead, nether nan Biden administration’s policies, reports show that migrants person step-by-step instructions from CCP-controlled TikTok connected wherever to illegally transverse into nan United States."

CBS programme "60 Minutes" ran a conception past play that discussed nan situation connected nan U.S. confederate border, highlighting that Chinese nationals comprise nan fastest-growing group of forbidden migrants. 

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TikTok did not respond to Gallagher’s comments by nan clip of publication.

But, successful guidance to nan first report, a TikTok spokesperson said, "TikTok strictly prohibits quality smuggling, which we region from our level and study to rule enforcement erstwhile warranted."

Migrants reportedly usage TikTok videos that instruct them step-by-step connected really to find personification to thief smuggle them crossed nan separator and wherever to find a spread successful nan wall. The videos often attraction connected really to get from China aliases Hong Kong to Ecuador aliases Panama, celebrated starting points for Chinese people’s journeys to nan U.S. 

Some of nan contented focuses connected nan pitfalls immigrants tin face, specified arsenic unemployment successful nan U.S. and nan difficult life forbidden immigrants tin look there. One portion connected Baidu elaborate a man's acquisition returning to China aft failing to get asylum and nan reward he faced. 

A video connected YouTube shows Chinese group carrying their children connected their travel crossed nan border. 

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Chinese citizens person had mixed reactions to nan "60 Minutes" report. Some support nan group who effort to fly nan oppressive governmental regime, saying it’s "understandable" and complimenting group who situation to leave. 

Others reason nan belief that America provides much opportunities is simply a mistake, aliases they declare those who fly should not beryllium allowed to return should things not activity out.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) sources confirmed to Fox News they person encountered astir 20,000 Chinese migrants already successful fiscal twelvemonth 2024 and are connected way to shatter past year’s grounds of complete 37,000, averaging astir 150 migrants a day. 

Between Oct. 1, 2023, and nan commencement of fiscal 2024, complete 1,000,000 migrant encounters person occurred on nan confederate border, he earliest that milestone has ever been reached. In nan aforesaid play nan anterior year, nan number deed conscionable complete 900,000. 

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The "60 Minutes" portion claimed nan number of temporary visas issued to Chinese citizens wishing to recreation to nan U.S. had dropped from millions to conscionable 160,000 successful 2022. The U.S. State Department pushed backmost connected this framing, alternatively arguing that nan number has accrued complete nan past year. 

"The U.S. Embassy successful Beijing, and U.S. Consulates successful Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenyang collectively issued 325% much visas successful FY2023 complete FY2022, which is simply a important summation alternatively than a alteration successful disposable visas," a State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital. 

The spokesperson estimated astir 8 cardinal Chinese citizens clasp valid visitant visas and that nan process to get 1 is "currently astir 80 almanac days, but arsenic debased arsenic 30 days successful Shenyang and 50 successful Beijing," while nan mean hold clip for a student aliases worker visa is astir 7 days. 

"In nan past year, we person observed accrued encounters of irregular migrants from countries retired of nan Western Hemisphere," nan spokesperson noted. "We proceed to activity pinch partners to place countries of interest and to coordinate responses to reside nan challenges of irregular migration." 

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The Department of Homeland Security told Fox News Digital successful a connection that nan U.S. has knowledgeable "historic world migration," and nan section is trying to "disrupt nan criminal networks who return advantage of and profit from susceptible migrants." 

"We are utilizing each instrumentality disposable to us, but we request further backing and reforms from Congress to reside our surgery migration system," a spokesperson for DHS said.