A 31 year old Bangladeshi national has pleaded guilty in Federal Court in Laredo to smuggling immigrants from the south Asian nation into Texas, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Prosecutors say Moktar Hossain was part of a sophisticated human smuggling cartel which would bring residents of famously impoverished Bangladesh to the Western Hemisphere through Ecuador and north through Central America and Mexico, to Monterrey, where Hossain was living.
At that point, he would shepherd them to the U.S. border and give them tips on how to cross the Rio Grande.
“Human smuggling is a national security threat,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Today’s plea makes clear that defendants who smuggle illegal aliens across the United States border for profit should expect to face the consequences in a United States courtroom.”
The Border Patrol in Texas has blamed immigrant smuggling gangs, many of them associated with the Mexican drug cartels, with being to blame for this year's spike in illegal immigration. The gangs will actually 'recruit' would be immigrants to come to the U.S., charging them up to $30,000 per person for African and Asian immigrants, money borrowed from the cartels, and even 'rent' them children at the border, so they can claim to be 'family units' and take advantage of 'Flores Decision' rules which require the release of immigrant children within 20 days. Frequently, the adults who are with the children are released as well, on their 'promise' to appear at an immigration or asylum hearing.
Sentencing for Hossain, who could face twenty years in prison, has not been scheduled.