A legislative panel is questioning what Texas will ultimately have to show for the $4.2 million per week it's spending on beefed-up border security amid a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children.
Gov. Rick Perry is deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border at a weekly cost of $3 million. The state was already spending an additional $1.2 million weekly on border security.
Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw told a Texas House hearing Tuesday in Austin that while children aren't criminals, they're crossing the border with smuggling gangs.
McCraw says federal authorities have been overwhelmed, causing other crime to spike.
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But committee Democrats wondered what would constitute success, since Texas is trying to stop crime and illegal border crossings that were common before the current immigration spike.