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Obama in Austin to Discuss Border with Perry

Posted on 7/9/2014 by with 0 comments

The White House, under pressure from Republicans to focus on the border crisis during a President Obama fundraising visit to Texas on Wednesday, has invited Gov. Rick Perry to meet with Obama on the issue.

White House adviser Valerie Jarrett sent a letter to Perry on Monday extending the offer. The letter came after the Texas governor turned down an offer to greet the president at the Austin airport for what he dismissively described as a “quick handshake.”

Instead, Perry offered to meet with the president “any time” during his visit for a “substantive meeting” to discuss the influx of illegal immigrant minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas.

Jarrett appeared to take him up on the offer, inviting him to a meeting on Wednesday in Dallas “with faith leaders and local elected officials.”


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