More than 300 Bangladeshi illegal migrants have been arrested by Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents in Texas this fiscal year.
The last nine of the 306 Bangladeshi nationals were apprehended by officials suspecting – with many of them of various illegal activities that have been proliferating in the Texas border city.
“According to Border Patrol, they found the Bangladeshi Nationals after they illegally attempted to cross the Rio Grande in South Laredo,” Laredo’s KGNS TV reported. “Laredo Sector continues to have the highest number of Bangladeshi apprehensions compared to other sectors.”
The hundreds of Bangladeshi illegal immigrants have infiltrated a region of Texas that is a hotbed for drug trafficking and smuggling.
“In two separate incidents, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a total of nine Bangladeshis after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico,” Breitbart Texas learned from Border Patrol officials in Laredo. “The arrests all occurred in South Laredo – an area well known for drug and human smuggling.”
Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Jose Martinez admitted he does not immediately know the intentions of the Bangladeshi illegal aliens entering through Mexico, but his sector has routinely booked many for smugglers for sneaking in migrants from Bangladesh.
“It goes to show that our agents are arresting people from all over the world on a daily basis,” Martinez disclosed in a written statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. “Their intentions for entering the country illegally can only be determined after they have been arrested.”
Border patrol officials explained that one specific illegal activity is a very lucrative business in the area, where smugglers allegedly receive as much as $27,000 for every Bangladeshi they bring over the United States-Mexico border.
“The Bangladeshi nationals used a channel of cartel-connected human smugglers to make their way from their home country to the U.S.,” Breitbart Texas’ Bob Price informed. “Their journey takes them from Bangladesh to South America, where they begin their northward trek to Mexico, and then to the U.S.”
The regular breach of Texas’ border by illegal Bangladeshis has given President Donald Trump even more force behind his push for a continuous 2,000-mile wall spanning California’s Pacific Coast to Texas’ Gulf Coast, as despite his augmented tough-on-immigration policy, more and more illegals from the South Asian nation continue to break into the U.S. in areas with not as much as a fencepost.
“On average, more than 30 Bangladeshi nationals were arrested each month since the fiscal year began on October 1,” Price noted. “During the entire FY 2017, Laredo Sector agents arrested only 181 Bangladeshis, Acting Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason Owens told Breitbart Texas in a recent interview – [and] during FY 2016, there was only one arrested in the Laredo sector.”
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Hector Garza said that American agents can assume – but cannot know for sure – what the intentions are of illegal immigrants who enter the U.S. from terrorist-harboring nations … until they actually look into individual cases.
“What we do know is that if the cartel-connected smugglers can bring people with good intentions across the border, they can also bring people with bad intentions,” Garza stated in his role as the president of the National Border Patrol Council 2455m according to Breitbart. “We have been lucky to catch these groups, but there is no telling how many other people from countries that sponsor terrorism could be utilizing that same pipeline.”
Syrian nationals have also been apprehended by Laredo Sector agents after illegally penetrating the U.S. border – in the same area that is being flooded with Bangladeshi nationals.
“Laredo is a prime target for these ruthless smugglers because of our sector’s shortage of manpower and the lack of a physical barrier,” Garza told Breitbart Texas last week. “We have 170 miles of river border with Mexico – [and] not one mile of that border has a physical barrier. We are wide open for these drug and human smugglers.”
Bangladesh’s drug problem spreading to U.S.
The drug problems illegal Bangladeshi nationals bring into the U.S. are a byproduct of their native country, where thousands were recently arrested for selling mass amounts of illegal substances in just over two weeks.
“Bangladesh has launched its own Duterte-style ‘war on drugs’ with a national crackdown that has seen 9,000 people arrested and at least 127 shot dead over the past 17 days,” CBC News announced earlier this month. “The sweeps, led by the police Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) – normally an anti-terrorism squad – have seized 1.7 million methamphetamine pills and 23 kilograms of heroin to date, according to the country's home ministry.”
Bangladesh’s RAB is on patrol daily to win the war against drug lords, as its soldiers have been conducting raids to sweep suspected drug dealers off the streets in Dhaka and other major Bangladeshi cities. In these drug hotbeds, many “rival groups,” as well as suspected dealers and users, have been regularly killing each other during gun battles – which police report as taking place virtually every day.
Often getting caught up in the violence, Bangladeshi law enforcement officers are increasingly being put in harm’s way when trying to tackle the nation’s proliferating drug problem.
"Sensing the presence of police, drug dealers opened fire on law enforcers," an official account given by Bangladeshi police stated, according to CBC News.
Drugs resembling the ones often popping in South Texas. – after crossing the U.S. border with Mexico – are regularly confiscated in caches of illegal substances before they leave the drug hotbeds of Bangladesh.
“[A recent] raid of a slum in the capital of Dhaka – involving 500 officers and several police dogs – resulted in the arrest of 28 suspects and the seizure of three kilograms of cannabis – along with smaller amounts of methamphetamine, heroin and Demerol,” CBC News’ Jonathon Gatehouse recounted.
A similar scene to what is often witnessed just north of the Mexico border in Texas is frequently witnessed near Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar, as well, where groups of Bangladeshis can regularly be seen as they are being loaded into vans for allegedly taking and selling drugs.
In addition to the arrests, lethal confrontations over drugs are also observed on a regular basis, and the confiscated drugs are often destined for neighboring countries, as well as nations overseas – including the U.S.
“Many of the killings have occurred in areas close to the border with Myanmar – the source of much of Southeast Asia's illicit drugs,” Greenhouse pointed out. “Heroin, opium, and pot are all produced in its hard-to-reach outlying states – often under the watchful eye of rebel groups or the military, but meth – or yaba as it is known locally – has become Myanmar's biggest export.”
And the drug infestation inside – and eventually outside – Bangladesh is escalating … similar to what is happening in border towns in the U.S., such as Laredo.
“In 2015, police in Bangladesh seized 50 million pills, [and] the following year their haul was 98 million,” Greenhouse divulged. “Still, it hardly makes a dent, [as] authorities estimate that 300 million pills crossed the border last year.”