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Gov. Perry to testify on border crisis

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Crisis on the Texas border, that's the title of a congressional hearing that will take place Thursday in South Texas.

Governor Rick Perry and the head of DPS are scheduled to testify.

A team from Baylor is trying to identify the more than 100 remains recovered in Falfurrias earlier this month and last year. Some of the bodies were found tossed into plastic bags with other bodies.

While this situation has caused an outrage, Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said he also wants to look at the impacts of and response to the growing trend of unaccompanied children who are crossing the border.

According to McCaul, since October more than 50,000 children have made the journey with nearly a third of that number crossing through the Rio Grande Valley.

Governor Rick Perry and Steve McCraw, the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety are expected to testify.

McCraw gave us a preview of what he plans to tell the committee about the security surge the state recently launched.

"We are engaged to do everything we can to help border patrol to be successful, and success looks like, you deny them the ability and unfettered access to the ports of entry, you don’t let them recruit our kids to act as mules and scouts, and you go down there to make a difference, you stop home invasions, you stop these evasive pursuits that are dangerous to the community, that’s what the state legislature has told us to do, and we are going to do it," McCraw said.

Since October, federal officials say 226 people have died trying to cross the border. There’s a real possibility some of those bodies may be in this small town's city morgue waiting to be processed.

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