July 8th, 2014
08:20 AM ET
2 months ago

Obama invites Perry to meeting on border crisis

Washington (CNN) - The political sparring over the border crisis intensified Tuesday as the White House released a letter accepting Texas Gov. Rick Perry's invitation to President Barack Obama for a meeting on the issue during his trip to Texas Wednesday.

The letter from White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett was in response to Perry's letter to the President, released Monday evening, that turned down an offer to greet Obama on the tarmac when he arrives in Austin, with the suggestion of a more “substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue.”

Obama "asked me to invite you to join him for a meeting to discuss the situation on the border with faith leaders and local elected officials in Dallas on Wednesday,” Jarrett wrote in the letter.

According to a senior administration official, White House officials were in touch with aides to the Texas Governor late Monday in an effort to set up the meeting between the two leaders.

A few hours later the governor's office put out a statement saying that "Gov. 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."

The same official said Obama had previously scheduled his own meeting with faith leaders and local elected officials in Dallas on Wednesday to discuss their plans to convert local schools into temporary housing facilities for some of the unaccompanied minors and other undocumented immigrants who have arrived at the U.S. southwestern border in recent months.

In Jarrett's letter, she also asked Perry for his help in convincing Republicans in Congress to approve the President's request for more than $2 billion in federal funds to add new border patrol agents and immigration judges in the Southwestern region, as well as expanded facilities to hold detained migrants. The president has also asked for expanded legal authority for the Department of Homeland Security to expedite the process of returning the children to their countries of origin.

“As you know, the administration continues to address this urgent humanitarian situation with a whole-of-government response on both sides of the border," Jarrett wrote in the letter. "This includes appropriate care for unaccompanied children, as well as aggressive steps to surge resources to the Southwest border to deter both adults and children from embarking on this dangerous journey, increasing capacity for enforcement and removal proceedings, and quick return of recent unlawful border crossers to their home countries after appropriate humanitarian screenings," she added.

Perry and other top Republican leaders have blasted the President's decision to forgo a trip to the border to eyeball the crisis firsthand.

Jarrett noted in her letter that several top administration officials have visited the region and will continue to do so in the coming weeks.

“DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson has traveled to the border on five occasions over the last several weeks; a sixth visit to the region is planned for Friday.”

Even though the President will not stop at the border this week, a senior administration official did not rule out such a visit in the future.

Jarrett also touted the administration’s efforts to work with officials in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, where a stead flow of migrants heading north has overwhelmed facilities along the U.S. border.

“We are also working closely with out Mexican and Central American partners to address the root causes of this problem, stem the flow of migrants to the Unites States, and expand capacity to receive and reintegrate repatriated migrants.”

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry have visited Central America in recent weeks to discourage potential migrants from making the dangerous trip.

At the end of her letter, Jarrett blamed Congressional inaction on comprehensive immigration reform for the current border crisis.

"The humanitarian situation at the border is but the latest example of the great cost of Congressional inaction," she wrote.

 


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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy-You first have to plug the hole. If you don`t do that everything else is useless. Once we do that then we can deal with the illegals that are here. IMO, I would give a pathway to citizenship (except those with a criminal record).
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    There is no hole. How can there be a hole when they are apprehending them? Lone adults are being sent back, but the law requires that unaccompanied minors be given different treatment. They've caught over 50,000 since November. Does that sound like a hole or a net to you?

    Do you know that means? It means the rest of your argument has a big hole in it.

    July 8, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. smith

    @Tom l-Im sure it drives them crazy that their anti-GOP talking points don`t apply to us. So when they can`t use Bush or Rush they have nothing except to labels us a secret conservatives. Moderates and Independents are the ones who bring some sort of order to the political chaos of today (just my opinion).

    July 8, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Tone

    Ted
    Obama is a liar, a deceiver and can't be trusted to lead on any issue.

    Like Perry, and all gop liars that got us into an unecessary war that cost us lives, and wealth, and for your information Obama did not lie the greedy insurance company started throwing people off their policy, and some clung of the msm came up with this liar thing, and the only reason they called him the biggest liar is because he is black. the lieing racist MSM did not call bush,and co out, and they told lesions of lies to the American people. I trust this President.

    July 8, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    smith,
    isn't it funny how you, Yolanda and I have been branded as right wingers? Have you ever been labeled that before?
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    [Flame ON]
    Let's run down the list. Are you a right winger? You say not. Are you a liberal? I say not. Are you a moderate? They say not. Which leaves you where? In a part of the political spectrum that is has thinking that comes from a long, long time ago, in an arm of the right wing that is far, far away,
    [Flame OFF]

    July 8, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. smith

    @Rudy-Lmao, really? Your actually saying our border is secure and the videos of people just hopping the fence are fodder. Gimmie a break. Where do you get this from? E.T.? Starman?smh.

    July 8, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. JD

    RudyNYC,

    Many of the inidivuduals being caught are intentional. The cartels know we have to treat children differently. That's why they are helping them to the border and them pointing to the route they'll be caught.

    Charge the families and at the same time saturate our resources while their other operations have more cover to operate under.

    So, yes. They are creating holes. And if you disagree. You aren't disagreeing with me. You're disagreeing with the President and homeland security.

    July 8, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Susan

    Unfortunately I would bet the meeting will turn out to be a waste of Gov. Perry's time.

    July 8, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Tom l

    Let’s run down the list. Are you a right winger? You say not. Are you a liberal? I say not. Are you a moderate? They say not. Which leaves you where? In a part of the political spectrum that is has thinking that comes from a long, long time ago, in an arm of the right wing that is far, far away,
    ----–

    I know it's very hard for you to fathom the idea of not being 100% liberal or 100% conservative. I know you must be all of one or all of the other and if you're not 100% liberal then in your eyes I am a right winger. I can understand you thinking that way as it's obvious that as a right winger I would hold positions such as pro choice, pro gay marriage, against the patriot act an against Iraq and Afghanistan. It makes total sense that every right winger holds those opinions. One day Rudy you will see how fat left you are and how far from being a moderate you are. But keep living in your fantasy world of all dems good and all repubs bad. It seems like it works well for you on the ticker as you are in good company which just make you feel all warm and cozy inside.

    July 8, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy-Lmao, really? Your actually saying our border is secure and the videos of people just hopping the fence are fodder. Gimmie a break. Where do you get this from? E.T.? Starman?smh.
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    [Flame ON]
    I suppose that it has never occurred to you that being caught on video hopping the fence means that there is a strong possibility that they were later caught. Has it? I guess not. All that your videos mean is that there were no agents in the immediate area of that section of fence. That is all that your videos really mean, nothing.
    [Flame OFF]

    July 8, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Tom L posted:

    I know it's very hard for you to fathom the idea of not being 100% liberal or 100% conservative. I know you must be all of one or all of the other and if you're not 100% liberal then in your eyes I am a right winger. I can understand you thinking that way as it's obvious that as a right winger I would hold positions such as pro choice, pro gay marriage, against the patriot act an against Iraq and Afghanistan. It makes total sense that every right winger holds those opinions. One day Rudy you will see how fat left you are and how far from being a moderate you are. But keep living in your fantasy world of all dems good and all repubs bad. It seems like it works well for you on the ticker as you are in good company which just make you feel all warm and cozy inside.
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    [Flame ON]
    You'd be surprised at just how moderate my views really are. Anyone who supports Rand Paul's made over brand of libertarianism is a hard line, far right wing extremist. Your broad stereotypes that you paint cast you as a hamster, running on his little hamster wheel, in his little hamster cage, which the right wing media has built for him. Sorry, you can argue until you turn blue in the face. It's not going to change the fact that your neck is red, son.
    [Flame OFF]

    July 8, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. smith

    @Sniffit-The feel good bill comment was in relation to a debate Tom P and I were having over gun control laws and the effect they have on gun violence. Nothing to do with the border.

    July 8, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    JD

    RudyNYC,

    Many of the inidivuduals being caught are intentional. The cartels know we have to treat children differently. That's why they are helping them to the border and them pointing to the route they'll be caught.

    Charge the families and at the same time saturate our resources while their other operations have more cover to operate under.

    So, yes. They are creating holes. And if you disagree. You aren't disagreeing with me. You're disagreeing with the President and homeland security.
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    [Flame ON]
    Do you have any actual video evidence of this? No.
    Are people still able to sneak through? Of course, they are because there are gaps in the net.
    Does the right wing want to close the gaps? Of course not, then they wouldn't have anything to whine about.
    Has the right wing conducted any votes on a single piece their piece meal approach to immigration reform? No.
    Does the right wing plan on actually doing anything? Of course not, the cheap labor undermines the unions.
    [Flame OFF]

    July 8, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Macc

    If you don't punish the employers for hiring illegals, you will always have this problem. If you want to hire legal immigrants, you should get permission from the Dept of Labor. Then the immagrants file for a visa and the employer is their sponsor. Is this so hard to do?

    July 8, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Macc

    If you don't punish the employers for hiring illegals, you will always have this problem. If you want to hire legal immigrants, you should get permission from the Dept of Labor. Then the immagrants file for a visa and the employer is their sponsor. Is this so hard to do?
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    Unfortunately, the right wing has long been against cracking down on employers. Their claim has usually been that it would hurt business owners, or some variation of that talking point.

    July 8, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Sam

    I hope Obama goes to Dallas. Lots of patsies there.

    July 8, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Chip

    Yes, it's the law that Bush signed. The government has to pay for it, which means that it is ridiculous to suggest that charities should pay for it all. Should charities pay for more courts and judges to handle the cases? Should charities pay for the food, transportation, and shelter required by the law? Should charities pay for your fence? Should charities pay for your troops on the border? BTW, what exactly are the troops supposed to do, anyway?
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    Laws that are not obeyed and enforced are not laws. That is why so many people employ illegals. (My neighbor jokes the nearest help for jobs is main&.... where all the illegals wait for day jobs in the morning in our town) Fences that are funded and not completed are fruitless. Who is first to arrive and stay at any humanitarian crisis – the government – never. Charities don't fund fences but that is the point. Is there any agreement from both sides on what to do and to actually act. Our country is so large and ideology separated I like most people near the border are jaded – I admit it. The senate and the house might as well be two separate countries. By the way who do you think they will turn to when they get out of the detention facilities except for hearings – lawyers (these people are illegal not stupid). For food, shelter, clothing and jobs to start a new life they will turn to Christian charities as they always have..

    July 8, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. smith

    @Rudy-The videos show how EASY it it to cross the border. They do it everyday and will continue to do it until we build a wall. We tax alcohol, tobacco, and pot to pay for it. This also will provide jobs for the border states and will cut down on the drug trade.

    July 8, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. smith

    @Rudy-Tom l`s positions on political and social issues prove he is not a repub. or a dem. I would say in the middle but only Tom and he alone decides that. Tom l and I would have a hard time fitting into either party at this point in time. The extremes of both parties have taken over. I once called you a liberal bomb thrower you replied back that you were a moderate. I don`t recall ever calling you liberal bomb thrower again.

    July 8, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. don in albuquerque

    When they start sending employers to prison for hiring illegals then we can move onto other areas. But if this happened you would probably see half the hotels in America shut their doors. This should also include churches that hide them, banks that loan them money, hospitals that treat them and then pass that bill along to the govt.........it is a list that goes on and on. Are we going to see this done? Absolutely not.

    July 8, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Ling

    Sam

    I hope Obama goes to Dallas. Lots of patsies there
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    You right Sam. Lots of inherited wealth from thankless children who forgot where it came from, how it was earned, and the principles that built it. Some day conservatives need to figure that one out.

    July 8, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Addicus Angus

    President Obama's history regarding immigration, and other job performance metrics, indicates that we should be aware of what he does, and not what he says.

    July 8, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Addicus Angus

    Questions about Gov. Perry's intellect? Remember when Hillary was running for President and Obama questioned her intellect? Hmm? We all should be more concerned about our own intellectual prowess. Google "Cloward-Piven Strategy".

    July 8, 2014 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Make Obama a one tern president , eat more freedom fry's and make Rick Perry the Queen of this years gay day parade .

    The GOP has been working on a secret plan combining health care with immigration , it to secret to talk about till after Rick Perry is President .

    Nikki Haley / Rick Perry / 2016
    Guns, God and Girls !

    July 8, 2014 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. Thomas

    Rick Perry declines offer to meet Obama at airport.

    Pure Southern Texas Charm .

    Rick Perry did more for Enron then GW Bush . Never forget Enron and how much the tax payers lost.

    July 8, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. ThinkFIrstThenVote

    I think the cartels are using kids as human shields - dump off the kids to keep the border patrol busy and move in drugs. They get paid both ways for their time – once by the parents to haul their kids up here and once again for the drugs. As for their fees – $5000-7000 – I guess it shows us that these people are motivated enough by the idea of citizenship that they will scrimp and work to pay the $5000 the immigration bill has built into it to become citizens. 70,000 kids x $5,000 = 350,000,000. That would go a long ways to pay for some of the costs of the bus ticket and food in those holding pens.

    July 8, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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