A Chinese immigrant, Tong Sun, was convicted of possessing child pornography after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border near Roma, Texas.
Authorities found videos depicting sexual abuse of young girls on his phone.
Sun confessed and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at his sentencing in March. (Trending: Prominent LGBTQ Activist Arrested Over Disturbing Charges)
According to court documents, the videos showed sexual acts between an adult male and a female believed to be under the age of 13.
This case comes amid a significant increase in Chinese migrants crossing the southern border, with Border Patrol encounters rising from 320 in fiscal year 2021 to 24,048 in fiscal year 2023.
According to federal data, Border Patrol encounters with Chinese migrants in fiscal year 2023 increased to 24,048 after recording 1,900 in fiscal year 2022 and 320 in fiscal year 2021.