The meeting comes as Obama faces pressure to visit the border while he’s in Texas this week to raise money for Democratic congressional candidates. The White House has resisted the calls largely from Republicans to take a firsthand look at the tens of thousands of children arriving from Central America. Among those calling for Obama to visit the border is Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry. Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett sent Perry a letter inviting him to Wednesday’s meeting in Dallas.
The administration has also said it wants Congress to give officials more authorities to process the children faster. But the president is also receiving criticism from immigration activists, who have long urged Mr. Obama to reduce the number of deportations of illegal immigrants already in the country. The president is expected this summer to announce steps he will take to moderate deportation policies, especially in cases where the deportations separate established families. Watch: Immigration protests in California
White House seeking $3.7 billion in immigration funds
The White House is asking Congress for $3.7 billion in immigration funds to deal with the child border crisis, reports CNBC’s John Harwood.
The immediate question of a meeting with Mr. Perry also highlighted the sensitive nature of the public relations decisions facing the White House in the student loan forgiveness act a situation like this.
Obama to Meet Texas Governor Perry on Immigration Crisis – Bloomberg
He said Tuesday he doesn’t accept the results of the fraudulent vote. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the process of judging the fraud allegations must be allowed to conclude. “The preliminary results are not final or authoritative and may not predict the final outcome,” he said. It is unusual for a U.S. president to speak to foreign political candidates during an election, but Obama thought it was important to reach out given the seriousness of the situation and the U.S.
Obama Urges Restraint For Israel, Palestinians : NPR
The president would welcome a meeting with you while he is in Texas, Jarrett wrote in a letter to Perry. Obama will be in Texas for political fundraisers in Dallas and Austin. Perry had earlier dismissed an invitation to meet Obama on the tarmac in Austin, the state capital. He instead suggested a private meeting on the surge of children and adults illegally crossing U.S. border, according to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. Obama and Perry will join faith leaders and state and local officials tomorrow in Dallas to discuss the migrant crisis on the border and how best to contain it.
Obama Intervenes In Afghan Presidential Election : NPR
Obama’s comments, published in Hebrew, Arabic and English, reflected growing U.S. concern about tit-for-tat violence spiraling out of control as the fragile situation in Israel appears to deteriorate. After dozens of rockets rained on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, Israel’s military on Tuesday launched an offensive operation including airstrikes that Palestinians said injured at least nine. Israel authorized the mobilization of some 1,500 military reservists in an escalation that evoked uneasy memories of Israel’s other incursions into the Hamas-controlled coastal strip. After the bodies of the three Israelis were discovered, Obama issued a brief written statement, but hasn’t spoken about the situation publicly.