The Department of Homeland Security has reported that dozens of Bangladeshi nationals have been apprehended trying to illegally cross our southern border, bringing the total to well over 600.
The report comes from the Laredo, Texas, border sector where 100 more Bangladeshis were taken adding to the 622 captured so far this year, according to Breitbart News.
The Bangladeshis consisted of two juveniles and three adults, officials stated.
The latest arrests bring the total for Fiscal Year 2018 to 622. A few weeks ago, Breitbart Texas reported on the number of arrests at 520 after agents arrested more than 20 Bangladeshi nationals over a short period of days. Since that time, more than 100 Bangladeshis were arrested in the Laredo Sector alone.
The number of Bangladeshis caught by officials at Laredo Sector has increased by 244 percent officials say.
Laredo Sector acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens previously told Breitbart Texas that the Laredo Sector is targeted because of the lack of a physical border barrier. He said his sector has more than 170 miles of unprotected river border without fencing or walls. He said that the Mexican cartel known as Los Zetas chooses when and where migrants will cross the border and that the Bangladeshis, mostly young men between the ages of 18 and 35, pay up to $27,000 each to be smuggled into the U.S.
“When we talk about the different groups that are crossing into an area, what we’re trying to draw attention to is a more comprehensive look at our threat picture,” Owens explained in a previous Breitbart Texas interview. “We need to stay away from just focusing on the family units and Unaccompanied Alien Children that are coming from Central America and Mexico. What the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol are dealing with on a daily basis is so much more complex than that.”
“They are not trying to hide or escape,” the chief said about the Bangladeshis. “They walk right up to an agent and claim ‘credible fear.’”
The Laredo sector also reported finding over 130 illegal alien family units and unaccompanied children.
On Sept. 11, the sector reported that “Weslaco agents encountered a group of 65 illegal aliens comprised of 25 family units and 11 unaccompanied children from the countries of Guatemala and El Salvador.”
The day before, agents “encountered a group of 66 illegal aliens comprised of 20 family units and 11 unaccompanied children from the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.”
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