CAPS — OTM, border patrol agents’ code for “Other Than Mexican,” has for decades loosely translated to Central Americans, and in the last few years also Middle Easterners. But now, according to a Migration Policy Institute study, Chinese represent the fastest growing group of OTMs.
Border Patrol Representative Wendi Lee, quoted in a Los Angeles Times story, said that prior to 2014 Chinese nationals caught at the U.S.-Mexico border were few. Little wonder since Beijing is about 6,400 miles and an ocean away from San Diego. But thanks to social media and word of President Obama’s willingness to ignore immigration violations and let illegal aliens skate, no distance is too far to travel. The Chinese have gotten the word, and they’re on the way despite the $50,000 to $70,000 fee smugglers charge.
The border patrol arrested approximately 663 Chinese nationals between October 2015 and May 2016, nearly 14 times the 48 apprehended in fiscal 2015. But that total may eventually only scratch the surface.
The Pew Research Center predicted that by 2065, Asians will represent 38 percent of the immigrant population, up dramatically from today’s 26 percent. Each immigrant that arrives legally represents a pull factor for more immigration, legal or illegal.