April 10, 2006


Smugglers exploit hole in port security: The discovery of 22 Chinese nationals illegally 'shipped' to Seattle reveals continuing gaps in container screening. (Brad Knickerbocker, 4/11/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

When 22 Chinese nationals let themselves out of a cramped and smelly cargo container at the Port of Seattle last week, it ended their dangerous and costly two-week trip from Shanghai. But after a few minutes of freedom and fresh air, they were apprehended and are likely to be deported. [...]

In a report for the US Justice Department, Sheldon Zhang of San Diego State University and Ko-lin Chin of Rutgers University noted that smugglers have been able to develop extensive global networks and transport Chinese nationals around the world, with the US as the most sought-after destination. "At any given time," they wrote, "thirty thousand Chinese are stashed away in safe houses around the world, waiting for entry."

Deporting people who came here from a Communist dictatorship seeking freedom should make every American ashamed, while looking at this story alongside the current craze for a "Wall" on the Mexican border should leave conservatives amused.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 10, 2006 9:02 PM

Especially since they paid the smugglers with the life savings of not only themselves, but their extended family.

Posted by: pj at April 10, 2006 10:14 PM

Exactly. I have never seen a word printed about the 39,000 illegal Chinese currently being deported. Only the one time in last weeks Washington Times. A negotiator was here in Beijing making arrangements.

Who are these people? Why is our gov so keen to ship them back here? Anyone know?

Posted by: Tom Wall at April 10, 2006 10:29 PM

Agreed. It's a disgrace.

Posted by: erp at April 10, 2006 10:43 PM

Maybe they won't work as cheap as the Mexicans.

Posted by: sharon at April 10, 2006 10:58 PM

They did in China.

Posted by: oj at April 10, 2006 11:02 PM

Completely deplorable.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at April 11, 2006 12:52 AM

Hey, they're not Catholics, why not let them stay?

Oops, they are soccer fans, better deport them.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 11, 2006 1:28 AM

We deport over a million Mexicans that we catch at the border every year; 39,000 Chinese just isn't news.

Instead of paying $ 35,000 to be smuggled in a shipping container, perhaps Chinese people should fly to Mexico, and join the throng heading north.

Or fly to Haiti and buy a raft.

What's amusing is that some people insist that a border wall wouldn't cut down on illegal immigration at all, but also insist that the interdiction-base "War on Drugs" is a complete success.
So apparently we can catch drug smugglers, but not labor smugglers.
Funny, that.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 11, 2006 3:04 AM

"reveals continuing gaps in container screening", it also reveals our security personnel at the ports are doing their job.

I wish overseas news services can cover up our economic growth as well as our MSM, then nobody would risk their lives to come to a place that is falling apart.

Posted by: ic at April 11, 2006 5:08 AM

Can't say I know anyone that claims the War on Drugs is a "complete" success.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at April 11, 2006 5:32 AM

"Deporting people who came here from a Communist dictatorship seeking freedom should make every American ashamed." Not really, we should pity the poor delusional souls, but not ashamed as Americans.

"A negotiator was here in Beijing making arrangements." (Note: I'm not talking about the "human snakes' here. "Human snakes" is a Chinese term for smuggled humans, such as those who got caught in Seattle, the smugglers are the snake heads.)The reason for negotiation is: some Chinese destroyed their passports before they landed in the US. They became "human footballs", i.e. they have no legal documents, so that we could not return them to China. They came as tourists, they were not persecuted. Only those who have "connections" could obtain exit visas from the Chinese govt. to visit the US.

I believe the US govt. was kind of mad that they pulled such a trick on us. If they were not deported, less Chinese would be allowed exit visas to come as tourists or as students or as businessmen.

The problem with the US is: more people outside than inside the US believe in the American dream. The reason is: those who work their tails off at less than minimum wages in the US brag about their "good life" here to "save face". That "good life" myth fools a lot of gullible souls to come over. Life was hard in China in the 60's, and the 70's. Life as a smuggled Chinese who could only hide in China town, working 20 hrs days to pay off the smugglers are actually worse off than life in 21st century China.

Therefore, for the good of the country and for the good of the illegals, we should support Bush's work visas pgms. If they have their work permits, most of them would rather return home in "low seasons" where their meagre earnings can last much longer. The amount they paid to the snake heads is more than enough to cover their round trip air tickets. It costs about US$600 - $1000 round trip from the US to China.

Posted by: ic at April 11, 2006 5:59 AM

Not complete, but largely successful. Though it's been solved by a change in social attitude, not interdiction.

Posted by: oj at April 11, 2006 6:46 AM