668 Bangladeshis detained at Texas border

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Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents detained 668 Bangladeshi nationals after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico. Photo: Breitbart Texas

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo Sector apprehended nearly 700 Bangladeshi nationals in the fiscal year of 2018, reports American news website Breitbart Texas.

During the fiscal year that ended Sunday night, Laredo sector border Patrol agents detained 668 Bangladeshi nationals after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico, Laredo Sector officials told Breitbart Texas.

The Bangladeshi nationals detained in fiscal year 2018 represent a 269 per cent increase over the previous fiscal year’s total of 181.

More than 60 per cent of those migrants crossed the border in the last four months of the year. It took nearly eight months for the total to reach 251 in late May 2018, Breitbart Texas reported.

Hundreds of miles of open river border in south and central Texas make the area a prime human smuggling corridor for Mexican cartels who charge the Bangladeshi nationals approximately $27,000 each for passage.

Because of the open borders in this and the Del Rio Sector, large numbers of what Border Patrol officials refer to as “Special Interest Aliens” have made their way into this part of Texas. Special Interest Aliens include illegal immigrants from countries with connections to terrorism.

The sector led the nation throughout the fiscal year 2018 in the apprehension of these migrants who paid up to $27,000 each to be smuggled into the US by cartel-connected human smugglers.

“In fiscal year 2018, Laredo Sector Border Patrol experienced an unprecedented increase in the apprehension of nationals from Bangladesh,” Laredo Sector chief patrol agent Felix Chavez said in response to an inquiry from Breitbart Texas.

“When you have countries like Bangladesh that have had potential ties to terrorism in the past — well, these folks that are coming from that country, what is their intent when they are crossing into the United States illegally?” Laredo Sector deputy chief patrol agent Jason D Owens told Breitbart Texas during a phone interview earlier this year.

“What is their ultimate destination? What is their goal?”

Border patrol agent Hector Garza, in his capacity as president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 2455, told Breitbart Texas in an interview earlier this year that the apprehensions in the Laredo sector show there is a “clear pipeline” from countries that are home to terrorists through Mexico and into the US.

“We have been lucky to catch these groups but there is no telling how many other people from countries that sponsor terrorism could be utilising that same pipeline,” agent Garza stated.

Another Laredo sector agent who wished to remain anonymous told Breitbart Texas, “Even if these particular migrants have the best of intentions, others who might have bad intentions could be utilising the same travel pipeline to reach the US.”

Breitbart Texas broke the news on Monday that a Pakistani national was caught sneaking across the border in the Del Rio Sector. A trusted source operating under the umbrella of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spoke with Breitbart Texas under the condition of anonymity and initially reported that agents assigned to the Comstock Station discovered a Pakistani national attempting to hide and avoid apprehension.

The source said the Pakistani man was not attempting to turn himself in to seek asylum but was attempting to avoid detection.

Del Rio Sector officials later confirmed the apprehension of the 34-year-old Pakistani male.

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