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President Obama Coming To Austin Wednesday, Discussing Immigration in Dallas

Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 06:54 AM CDT
On Wednesday evening, Air Force One will touch down in Austin with President Obama. But before fundraising and speeches, he is meeting with Governor Rick Perry to discuss immigration.

President Obama is scheduled to land at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Wednesday around 8:45 p.m. and head to a private fundraiser. On Thursday the President will go to another fundraiser before giving a speech on the economy at the Paramount Theatre at noon.

On Wednesday, he will be in Dallas, where he is meeting with Governor Perry and other community leaders. Perry accepted the president's offer to talk about the immigration crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. Originally President Obama asked to briefly meet at ABIA, but Perry wouldn't budge. He and other Republicans have been trying to get President Obama to go to the border to see the situation firsthand.

"He really needs to go there and see for himself and not just rely on his advisors," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

But White House officials argue the president and his staff are well aware of the situation.

"Secretary Kerry was in the region, Secretary Johnson is in the region today in Central America," said Cecilia Munoz, director for the White House Domestic Policy Council, on Tuesday. "Secretary Johnson traveled to the border five times in the last month."

On Tuesday, President Obama asked for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to help deal with the border crisis.

Governor Perry has not said what he is expecting out of the Dallas meeting, but his office says he is pleased to meet with the president.President Obama Coming To Austin Wednesday, Discussing Immigration in Dallas

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