Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents rescued migrants drowning in the Rio Grande River who are citizens of Bangladesh.
During the immigration interview, agents learned they were being smuggled into the U.S. They were transferred to the Laredo station for processing.
Since the beginning of FY2018-2019, Breitbart News reports, the Laredo Border Patrol apprehended 75 Bangladeshi nationals– more than 10 percent greater the number of those arrested the previous fiscal year.
During FY2017-2018 they apprehended 668 Bangladeshi migrants— an increase of nearly 270 percent more than the previous fiscal year. According to Laredo Border Patrol, each Bangladeshi migrant paid up to $27,000 to be transported into the U.S. by human smugglers associated with Mexican cartels.
“In Fiscal Year 2018, Laredo Sector Border Patrol experienced an unprecedented increase in the apprehension of nationals from the country of Bangladesh,” Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez told Breitbart News earlier this month. “The almost 300% increase in arrests of Bangladeshi nationals over the previous fiscal year highlights the hard work and vigilance of the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol. We will continue to work with our federal and international partners to share information to stop the flow of those who seek to unlawfully circumvent our nation’s immigration policies.”
The Rio Grande border is a prime spot for illegals to cross into Texas. Hundreds of miles of open river are difficult to navigate for smugglers, migrants, and patrols. Because this area along the South and Central part of Texas are insecure, large numbers of illegals whom Border Patrol officials call “Special Interest Aliens,” are crossing into Texas. Special Interest Aliens include illegal aliens from countries with connections to terrorism, Breitbart News reports.
Photo credit: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector