Gov. Perry says the President has accepted his invitation to discuss the 'humanitarian and national security crises' along the U.S. Mexico border when the President stops in Texas on Wednesday and Thursday, 1200 WOAI news reports.
In a statement to Newsradio 1200 WOAI, the governor's spokesman, Tom Considine said, "Governor Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crisis, and he looks forward to meeting with the president tomorrow."
The meeting will take place in Dallas, where the President has added a session with 'faith based leaders' to discuss the flood of migrants from Central America, to his list of fundraisers during stops in Austin and Dallas.
The White House announced today that the President has requested a $3.7 billion supplemental appropriation from Congress to deal with the issue, including coming up with Alternatives to Detention, to bring more immigration judges to the border, and to focus on quickly deporting those who are eligible for deportation.
The White House also asked for funding to attack the criminal organizations and smuggling rings that are 'exploiting these individuals, agencies surging law enforcement task forces in cooperation with our international partners, with focus on stepped up interdiction and prosecution.'
The White House also announced a plan to increase detainment, care, and transportation of unaccompanied children, as well as to work with Central American nations to work together in law enforcement to stop smugglers, as well as run spots on Central American TV and radio warning of the dangers, especially for children, of making the long trip through Mexico to the U.S.