Sen. Marshall: 18K Chinese Who Crossed Border Are Spies

Senator Roger Marshall, a Republican from Kansas, expressed his concerns that some of the Chinese nationals crossing into the U.S. via the southern border might be engaging in espionage and drug-related activities on behalf of China. 

“In light of the ongoing fentanyl crisis, where the narcotics are produced in China and funneled through our porous borders, it’s plausible that some individuals are involved in collecting funds for these drug sales,” Marshall stated during his appearance on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America” program. He went on to say, “Among the 18,000 Chinese nationals of military age who have crossed the border, it’s reasonable to suspect some may be spies.”

Marshall also suggested that these individuals could be infiltrating various sectors in the U.S., including educational institutions and research facilities. “I’m particularly concerned about those who could be conducting research here and infiltrating various military aspects,” he added.

Despite acknowledging the national security risks associated with the influx of 18,000 known Chinese nationals and a possible additional 6,000 unaccounted for, Marshall criticized Democrats for not giving the issue the priority it deserves. “This administration seems to hop from one crisis to another, leaving little room for strategic planning, especially concerning border security,” he commented.

When questioned about his stance on additional funding for the conflict in Ukraine, Marshall clarified that he’s been consistently opposed to extending further financial support to Ukraine until the U.S. southern border is secured. “Considering the federal government is already spending $2 trillion more than its revenue, along with a $700 billion interest payment, we can’t afford to extend financial commitments globally. I’m also disappointed with the European Union’s level of commitment to the situation,” he noted.

Marshall also took the opportunity to discuss the farmer mental health initiative he has spearheaded to tackle rising suicide rates in the agricultural community. “September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and it’s crucial to recognize that our farmers and ranchers have a suicide rate three times higher than other professions,” he stated.

Highlighting the economic pressures that the agricultural community is currently facing, including inflation, drought, and high interest rates, Marshall said, “Multiple resources are available for those in distress. By texting or calling 988, you’ll be quickly connected with a behavioral health specialist who can direct you to appropriate assistance programs. We’re here to help, and you’re not alone.”