China provides the fastest-growing group of unauthorized immigrants to the United States.
Many Chinese migrants, according to CBS News, discovered detailed instructions on how to hire smugglers on TikTok, a Chinese social media platform.
Prior to flying to Tijuana, some migrants flew from China to Ecuador, a country that does not require a visa for Chinese nationals.
They met smugglers there and each of them was paid $400 to transport them to a border fence with a 4-foot breach, located 60 miles east of San Diego.
According to the Department of Justice, Chinese migrants obtained asylum at a rate of 55% in 2023, compared to 14% for migrants of all other nationalities.
A November New York Times article reported that over 24,000 Chinese nationals were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in the previous year, surpassing the total number of apprehensions from the ten years prior.