The Texas Department of Public Safety is readying to more than triple the number of surveillance cameras it operates along the Mexico border, installing 4,000 new devices, as part of the next phase of an ongoing law enforcement surge on the border.

DPS Director Steve McCraw on Thursday provided House lawmakers on a select committee with an update on the military and law enforcement operation ordered up by top state officials in response to the wave of unaccompanied child migrants that crossed into Texas over the summer. That included the first public details on the number of new border surveillance cameras.

McCraw told the panel he currently is overseeing a transition in the overarching surge strategy from one of “deterrence” to one he labeled “interdiction,” a stage that will also include the hiring of 600 additional troopers and the expansion of aircraft surveillance.

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