Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is praising tighter border security measures and pushing to make them permanent. Texas Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw joined Dewhurst at the Capitol Wednesday, to announce that the most recent three-week increase in land, air and water surveillance was effective in curbing crimes by drug cartels and stopping smuggling across the border.

In Wednesday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at whether the so-called surge can get long-term support in spite of $60 million in funding needs and a history of local criticism.

ON THE AGENDA

The Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg joined us to talk about the strategy House Speaker John Boehner may be taking on immigration reform.

FUNDING THE FUTURE

Plus, a new study suggests child poverty in Texas has increased over the last decade, even as the economy improved. The director for Kids Count, Frances Deviney, joined us to break down the data and talk about how to reverse it.