FBI Director Robert
Mueller said Sept. 8 that the United States faces a challenging balancing act
on its southwest border with Mexico while both countries try to promote
beneficial trade and easy immigrant pass-through while filtering out potential
terror threats, The Associated Press reported.
Mueller mentioned the
second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to reiterate the continuing risks posed
by al-Qaida and others.
adapting," he told U.S. and Mexican border protection and anti-terrorism
officials. "If we harden one target, it goes after another. ... Our
collective efforts here in the Southwest cannot be understated."
terrorists "may well be operationally ready to slip across our borders in
ways we have not seen."
An estimated 8 million
to 10 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States, with more than
500,000 of them in Texas.