The project requires the Texas Forensic Science Commission to come up with a way to get forensic evidence for bodies found less than 120 miles from the Rio Grande River. Then, a database would be created.

Many people are buried without any identification in graves marked “unknown.”

“It's disturbing. It's disheartening. It's not the way Texans treat people. It's not what we do. It's a beautiful thing that our country is so great that people are fighting to come here. Then, we set that example, that's not who we are,” Representative Terry Canales said.

Canales said an estimated 1,000 immigrants, without any identification, have died in the Rio Grande Valley during the past 10 years.

LINK: Rio Grande Identification Project