A Bangladeshi man plead guilty for illegally bringing Bangladeshi nationals across the U.S. Mexico border in Texas in exchange for payment, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The scheme, which brought Bangladeshi nationals into the U.S. from Mexico, operated from March 2017 to June 2019.
“Hossain’s brazen scheme to smuggle Bangladeshi aliens into the United States put our national security at risk,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
Hossain operated a hotel in Tapachula, Mexico, where he housed aliens. He also arranged for their air travel and transportation.
Benczkowski continued, “This guilty plea underscores the Department’s commitment to working with our law enforcement partners here and abroad to disrupt the flow of illegal aliens into the United States and bring human smugglers to justice.”
Just met two men who crossed the border from Bangladesh they say. Their journey took 3 months and cost $16,000 a piece. @realDonaldTrump the border is being crossed by more than just Central Americans and Mexicans. @IWF pic.twitter.com/wvVMXQYswf
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) January 9, 2019
During a trip to the border in 2019, Sara A. Carter encountered two men illegally crossing the border in Mcallen, Texas.
The men identified themselves as being from Bangladesh, which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security deems “Special Interest Aliens,” or any “non-U.S. person who, based on an analysis of travel patterns, potentially poses a national security risk to the United States or its interests. Often such individuals or groups are employing travel patterns known or evaluated to possibly have a nexus to terrorism.”
Carter wrote the following of the encounter:
“At first the two Bangladeshi men were hidden by acres of rough thorny brush and trees that make up the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. They were difficult to see until they rounded a bend in the road. The pair had traveled nearly three months and over 9,000 miles from Bangladesh by plane, car, bus and foot. By the time they spotted me on the road they had no idea they had already crossed the America border.”
“They had no backpacks or identification. They were simply hoping to get into the United States to declare political asylum, they said.”
“‘Why are you here?’ I said.”
“’Political,’ he said.”
“’Political asylum?’ I said.”
“’Yes,’ he said.”
The two men told carter that they paid $16,000 each for the journey.
The DOJ’s recent case is under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations Laredo.