The Border Patrol has had to put up some signs in Chinese because of an increase in the number of Illegal immigrant kids from China who are illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to the New York Post, “hundreds of Chinese teens” are sneaking into the United States from Central America and Cuba. After those illegal immigrant Chinese kids end up in New York City, they are reportedly “farmed out across the country to work in Chinese restaurants.”
Lauren Burke, a lawyer who speaks Mandarin and has worked with illegal immigrant children, told the Post that some of the illegal immigrant Chinese kids are actually trafficked by their parents, who pay smugglers known as “snakeheads” as much as $80,000 a head to get their kids to America.
“The parents are very complicit,” she said. “Sometimes, the family member gets duped by somebody who says… ‘I see you can’t afford to send your kid to school anymore. If you send them to America, there are streets paved with gold.'”
Illegal immigrant kids from China have reportedly snuck into the United States on buses, under the floorboards of boats, and even in coffins after they first made it to Central America or Cuba.