July 8 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama invited Texas Governor Rick Perry to a roundtable discussion in Dallas tomorrow on the surge of unaccompanied, undocumented children crossing the U.S.-Mexican border.
“The president would welcome a meeting with you while he is in Texas,” senior adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote Perry yesterday on the president’s behalf. Obama will be in Texas for political fundraisers in Dallas and Austin.
Perry 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 will be asking Congress today to approve about $2 billion to contain the surge of illegal Central American migrants entering the U.S. at the South Texas border.
More than 52,000 unaccompanied children arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border from Oct. 1 through June 15, about double the total in a similar period a year earlier, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported. Most of the children are smuggled through Central America and Mexico, according to the White House.