LAREDO,Texas(KGNS)- It's a growing concern for border patrol as Laredo has become the number 1 crossing point for Bangladeshi nationals, a country that has known ties to terrorism.
In a KGNS news special report, our Noraida Negron rides along with Border Patrol to find out why these cases are on the rise.
There is one specific area where they are crossing in South Laredo.
Agents have consistently detained 11 Bangladeshis during separate events.
That puts Laredo sector at the top, when it comes to having the highest apprehensions of Bangladeshi nationals compared to other border patrol sectors.
In 2017 they apprehended close to 180 Bangladeshi nationals, and since October of last year, there have been over 160 individuals caught.
Of all the Bangladeshis arrested, the chief says a small percentage have ties to terrorism.
Agents are also seeing a pattern in the stories this group of people are giving when picked up by federal agents.
By declaring they are minors they can take advantage of certain loopholes that allow citizenship in the US.
Which has made this a top priority for Laredo sector border patrol.