Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas has experienced two breaches within the past two weeks, raising serious concerns about security at the military installation. On Friday, a suspected human smuggler led Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers on a high-speed chase, ultimately breaching the base. This comes just a week after a suspected illegal immigrant jumped a fence at the same location while fleeing U.S. Border Patrol agents.

 

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The base was immediately put on lockdown as the suspect continued to drive recklessly, eventually crashing through a second fence before fleeing on foot. Two illegal immigrants from Guatemala, who were passengers in the suspect’s vehicle, were apprehended.

In a similar incident a week earlier, a 17-year-old Mexican national breached a fence at Laughlin Air Force Base after escaping a traffic stop by Del Rio Border Patrol agents. The agents, along with canine teams, apprehended the teen after an hour-long search. Four other adult men, also believed to be illegal immigrants, were arrested from the vehicle that was stopped.

In response to these incidents, Laughlin Air Force Base has emphasized its commitment to enhancing security.  The back-to-back breaches at Laughlin come just weeks after another significant security incident at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, where two Jordanian nationals attempted to gain unauthorized access.

These repeated breaches underscore the urgent need for fortified security measures to protect military personnel and resources at Laughlin Air Force Base.