Obama, Perry will meet on border issues

President Barack Obama walks with Texas Governor Rick Perry after arriving aboard Air Force One in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, May 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez, Pool)
President Barack Obama walks with Texas Governor Rick Perry after arriving aboard Air Force One in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, May 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez, Pool)

AUSTIN (KXAN and AP) — President Obama and Governor Perry will meet Wednesday to discuss the crisis along the the South Texas border, a spokesman for Rick Perry tells KXAN News.

The White House has added a round table discussion on the border to the president’s schedule while he is in Dallas on Wednesday. Faith leaders and local elected officials are invited, as well as Governor Perry.

“Governor Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president tomorrow,” Travis Considine, a Spokesperson For Governor Perry told KXAN.

Gov. Rick Perry declined an offer to greet President Barack Obama for a handshake at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport when he arrives in the Texas capital on Wednesday.

Instead, the Republican wrote the president a letter saying he’d like a “substantive meeting” with the president on the immigration crisis.

In the letter to the White House on Monday, Perry turned down what he called “a quick handshake on the tarmac.”

But Perry said he’d be willing to rearrange his schedule to discuss “the humanitarian and national security crises” on the Texas-Mexico border.

The White House responded in a letter dated Monday, saying the president welcomes a meeting with Perry. Signed by Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the president, the letter offered the invitation to join the president in Dallas as well as outlined legislation the president is expected to ask congress to pass.

Jarrett wrote:

“(Tuesday), the President will request supplemental appropriations in legislation to bolster these efforts, which is focused on:

  • Deterrence, including increased detainment and removal of adults with children and increased immigration court capacity to speed cases;
  • Enforcement, including enhanced interdiction and prosecution of criminal networks, increased surveillance, and expanded collaborative law enforcement task force efforts;
  • Foreign Cooperation, including improved repatriation and reintegration, stepped-up public information campaigns, and efforts to address the root causes of migration; and
  • Capacity, including increased detainment, care, and transportation of unaccompanied children.”

Obama will be in Dallas and Austin Wednesday and Thursday, raising money for Democratic causes and speaking about the economy.

Perry has previously invited Obama to the border while sharply criticizing his administration amid a surge of unaccompanied children and families, mostly from Central America, pouring into the U.S.

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