LIVE AT NOON: The Homeland Security Committee's field hearing on the border crisis begins at noon today.
The Homeland Security Committee will hold a field hearing entitled "Crisis on the Texas Border: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors."
The hearing will examine the impacts of and response to the growing trend of unaccompanied children crossing the Southwest border. Texas Governor Rick Perry will testify and the findings will be included with the efforts of the Congressional working group established to investigate this crisis.
Invited Witness Include:
The Honorable Rick Perry, Governor, State of Texas
Mr. Steve C. McCraw, Director, Texas Department of Public Safety
Mr. Kevin W. Oaks, Chief Patrol Agent, Rio Grande Valley Sector, Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Additional Witnesses To Be Announced
Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: "Since October, more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed into the United States from Mexico - nearly two thirds of those crossed through the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. DHS is not adequately prepared to address this crisis, which has left State and local officials to fill a void left by the Federal government. Next week, the Committee will hold a hearing in Texas to examine the impact of and response to this massive flow of unaccompanied children. We will receive first-hand accounts from Governor Perry and other witnesses, which will be incorporated into the findings of the Congressional working group established to address this problem."