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.
mentioned the second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to reiterate
the continuing risks posed by al-Qaida and others.
keeps 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."
said terrorists "may well be operationally ready to slip across
our borders in ways we have not seen."
estimated 8 million to 10 million undocumented immigrants live in
the United States, with more than 500,000 of them in Texas.