Perry Will Meet With Obama On Border Crisis

Gov. Rick Perry has accepted an invitation to meet with the president, faith leaders and local officials Wednesday to discuss the border crisis.

The White House has invited Texas Gov. Rick Perry (left) to attend the meeting Wednesday. (File photo)

AUSTIN (July 8, 2014) Gov. Rick Perry Tuesday accepted President Barack Obama's offer to discuss the crisis at the Texas-Mexico border with faith leaders and local officials in Dallas on Wednesday.

The governor's office said Tuesday that Perry is pleased to meet with the president who will be in Dallas and Austin Wednesday and Thursday.

On Monday, Perry said he declined an invitation to greet Mr. Obama at the airport when he arrives in Texas and instead suggested a "substantive meeting" on immigration.

Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, responded by inviting Perry to the meeting Wednesday in Dallas involving faith and local leaders.

The White House has resisted repeated calls by Perry and Republicans to take a firsthand look at the tens of thousands of children arriving from Central America.

Meanwhile Wednesday the president is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the minors from Central American who are illegally crossing the U.S. southern border.

The flood of migrants has strained immigration resources, and caused a political firestorm in Washington.

The White House says the money would help increase the detention, care and transportation of unaccompanied children and would also help speed up the removal of adults with children by increasing the capacity of immigration courts.

It would also boost the prosecution of smuggling networks.

Money would also go toward increased surveillance at the border, and toward helping Central American countries repatriate people who are sent back.

White House officials say they still hope to work with Congress to increase the administration's authority to deport minors who cross the border.

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