Visa overstays are another aspect of the illegal alien problem in America most people don’t hear about. Hundreds of thousands of students overstay their F-1 visas every year and become illegal aliens. The case below is of a student visa holder who had her visa revoked after allegedly committing the crime of arson.
Photos below from AL.com
One female student visa holder from China is facing federal charges for setting fire to a historic church in Alabama.
According to the federal court filings, 27-year-old Xiaoquin Yan of China repeatedly scoped out the First Baptist Church Montgomery and referred to the pastors as “rich white men.” The church was founded in 1829 and is the church where Alabama Governor Kay Ivey attends services.
Yan was charged with second-degree arson after she set four fires in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Montgomery. She caused about $25K in damage.
The pastor of the historic church said he had interacted with Yan and had suspicions about her. He was so suspicious that he wrote down her license plate number. A security guard and a custodian noticed that Yan came to the church with long hair and then with short hair. She suspiciously asked about the security cameras in the building.
THE US HAS BEEN WARNED ABOUT CHINESE SPIES:
In April of 2018, federal officials warned colleges about the huge potential for China to send “thousands” of its citizens to the US to commit “economic espionage”:
“Boston is a target rich environment” – DOJ Officials
Federal officials are warning colleges that they are a target and to beware of the potential for Chinese spies committing “economic espionage”. They are confirming that Chinese intelligence services have sent “thousands” of people to U.S. colleges:
“At the Justice Department, 90 percent of our cases involving espionage, economic espionage, involve China, and 65 percent of our trade secrets cases involve Chinese companies or Chinese nationals. A significant portion of what we’re seeing on the economic espionage side is and originates from the Chinese government.” – John Demers, Justice Department
Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, told reporters Friday:
“This isn’t about targeting everyone who’s a Chinese national. But there are thousands who are directly linked to a state-sponsored effort to steal intellectual property.”
The Justice Department calls the threat “economic espionage” and confirms it harms America’s national security and economy
John Demers, the assistant attorney general at the Justice Department voiced concerns about students and visiting professors: “The message to all the schools is: One, be aware that you are a target. Universities also have a lot of people coming in and out: students, visiting professors who are here for a year … You may not know the folks there as well as you do maybe in a company.”
According to the most recent State Department data, more than 363,000 Chinese students studied in the U.S. in 2017-2018, nearly a third of all international students enrolled at U.S. institutions.
FBI Director Christopher Wray warned last year that China was using “nontraditional” intelligence collectors to launch a “whole-of-society” threat against the U.S. Those worries found an echo among lawmakers who worry that Chinese educational programs are platforms for propaganda and influence operations, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been warning European allies that Chinese tech giants such as Huawei and ZTE are also being used as spy assets.
While the Democrats scream “Russia, Russia, Russia”, the real problem is with China. President Trump has been right on target with his assessment of the threat from China.