Continuing coverage of the crisis on the Texas border and the surge of unaccompanied minors

Border Security Back in Front of Texas Lawmakers

Cost of patrolling border could reach $1.3 million a week

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    U.S. Border Patrol supervisor Eugenio Rodriguez checks a 400 pound stash of marijuana seized from smugglers August 7, 2008 near Laredo, Texas. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    Plans to ramp up patrols along the Texas-Mexico border at a potential cost of $1.3 million a week are getting new attention in the Capitol.

    Texas Department of Public Safety officials are to testify Tuesday about border operations before the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. The hearing in Austin comes two weeks after Gov. Rick Perry took the rare step of authorizing additional spending for an "operational surge."

    The committee meets as both Republicans and Democrats say a "humanitarian crisis" unfolds along the border.

    More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended entering the United States illegally since October.

    Perry and other top Republicans say the situation has increased the potential for drug and human trafficking as border agents deal instead with the flood of children.