It's a good time to revisit a report I did for CBS News Sunday Morning Jan. 13, 2013 about the fear FBI and Border Patrol agents express: that terrorists can easily slip in across the southern U.S. border.
...But investigators say what worries them even more is the serious threat to national security -- the fear that terrorists could slip in.
A new Congressional report finds Mexican cartels are developing "growing collaborations" with terrorist organizations linked to Iran and Hezbollah.
From 2006-2011, along the Southwest border, the Border Patrol apprehended 1,918 illegal immigrants from 35 countries designated as states that could harm the U.S. with terrorism.
Which makes this taped confession all the more chilling: the corrupt officer Alarid admits helping smuggle in a hundred people.
Alarid: "Ain't nobody that I know of that's a bin Laden or something."
FBI Agent Reed: "Well, I'm glad to hear that."
"The problem is that, because no inspection's taking place, they really have no way of knowing what's in the vehicles," said Reed. "They don't know who they're letting into the country. And that unknown is what scares us all."
(watch the entire report)