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Report: Bangladeshis part of US-bound Central American migrant caravan

  • Published at 10:09 pm November 7th, 2018
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Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US, walk near Mapastepec, southern Mexico on October 25, 2018 AFP

CIS Senior National Security Fellow Todd Bensman claimed the presence of Bangladeshis in the caravan posed a security risk

Bangladeshis are among the members of the Central American migrant caravan headed for the US, according to a report by US-based think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

Univision reported that Bangladeshis were spotting moving alongside Central Americans in the migrant caravan in late October, the CIS report said.

In the report, CIS Senior National Security Fellow Todd Bensman claimed the presence of Bangladeshis in the caravan posed a security risk.

“The Muslim-majority country is regarded as so rife with Islamic extremists and violent ideology that its government has mounted a "zero tolerance" campaign to prevent it from becoming a terrorist safe haven, with US backing. Certainly, that's good reason for uninterested Bangladeshis to leave for greener hills, even though the country's economy is booming,” Bensman said.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump had remarked that the presence of "unknown Middle Easterners" in the migrant caravan increased the risk that it had posed. 

The president’s comment had been criticized by the media, with many taking the presence of Bangladeshis as unsupportive of Trump’s claim.

However, Bensman argues that “Bangladeshis add the same touch of risk all on their own, whether or not they're traveling in a big column or in small, smuggler-led groups.”

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