The White House changed its position late Monday, when senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett told the governor in a letter that the president would welcome a meeting with Mr. Perry . The highly charged nature of the public negotiating between the White House and the governors office highlighted the political stakes for both parties in addressing the surge of illegal immigration, which has spawned protests nationwide and forced the administration Tuesday to request an additional $3.8 billion from Congress to speed up deportation cases and bolster security. The Obama administrations poor handling of the immigration crisis could strengthen the position of Republican candidates in the midterm elections, but the GOP still faces a long-term crisis of its own with Hispanic voters on immigration policy, pollsters say. Public opinion surveys in recent weeks are giving Mr. Obama poor ratings on immigration policy.
Obama asks Congress for $3.7B to help kids crossing the border | New York Post
Half the funds $1.8 billion would go to the Health and Human Services Department to house and care for kids and moms streaming across the US border, just one indicator of the magnitude of the growing problem. The administration says 52,000 unaccompanied children have flooded across the border since October. The administration wants to spend $39 million for more drone surveillance at the border. It wants to create 16 new drone crews and support 17,000 extra flight hours, according to a fact sheet on the spending request the White House releasedTuesday. A brigade of lawyers budgeted at $15 million would go to the border to provide representation for immigrant kids as they make their way through the judicial process. But the spending request didnt include proposals that would allow President Obama to speed deportations.
Obama to Meet Texas Governor Perry on Immigration Crisis – Yahoo Finance
Officials have said repeatedly that the president has no plans to do that on his trip. But the governor’s letter made it clear that Republicans are eager to draw Mr. Obama into the issue more directly. “I have followed up with several further communications inviting you to tour the border and view this crisis firsthand,” Mr. Perry wrote. “At any point while you are here, I am available to sit down privately so we can talk and you may directly gain my state’s perspective on the effects of an unsecured border and what is necessary to make it secure.” Watch: Obama’s frustration with immigration White House officials said the emergency funding would support what they called an “all of government” response to the immigration crisis.
Obama To Hold Border Crisis Meeting In Texas : NPR
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 Obama student loan forgiveness program Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry. Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett sent Perry a letter inviting him to Wednesday’s meeting in Dallas. Obama has called the situation at the border a “humanitarian crisis.” The White House has warned that most of the children arriving at the border will not be allowed to stay in the U.S.
Obama praises Abbas, but not Netanyahu in opinion piece published by Israeli newspaper | Fox News
Perry, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016, has said he’s warned the Obama administration for more than two years about unaccompanied children showing up at the U.S.-Mexico border. Border Security “I don’t believe he particularly cares whether or not the border of the United States is secure,” Perry said July 6 on ABC’s “This Week.” In asking Congress for $3.7 billion, the administration is seeking to bolster efforts to contain the influx of unaccompanied, undocumented children crossing the border. The administration plans to increase detainment and boost court capacity to speed decisions, expand law enforcement and prosecution of criminal networks, seek greater cooperation with Central American countries and increase the amount of housing, care and transportation while migrant cases are judged. Most of the children crossing the border unaccompanied by a parent probably won’t qualify for humanitarian relief and will be deported, Obama’s spokesman said yesterday. Legal Basis’ “It’s unlikely that most of the kids who go through this process will qualify for humanitarian relief, which is to say that most of them will not have a legal basis,” Earnest said. He said courts, in most cases, would rule that migrants don’t have a legal reason to be in the U.S.
Obama Seeks Nearly $4 Billion for Immigration Crisis
The president offered no parallel praise for Netanyahu, who is only mentioned by name once in the piece. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Obama’s comments, published in Hebrew, Arabic and English, were his first public comments on Middle Eastern affairs since the murder of three Israeli teenagers last month touched off a new round of regional violence and deepening mistrust. After the bodies of the three Israelis were discovered, Obama issued a brief written statement, but hasn’t spoken about the situation publicly. Haaretz said the op-ed was intended for the newspaper’s upcoming peace summit. The White House told The Associated Press the op-ed was written before June 30 — the day the three Israeli teens were found dead — but later updated to reflect more recent events. Writing in emotional terms, Obama said he couldn’t imagine the pain suffered by the parents of the three Israeli teens, but was also heartbroken by the senseless murder of a Palestinian teenager who many suspect was killed as payback. “All parties must protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not vengeance and retribution,” Obama said. Obama didn’t mention Tariq Abu Khdeir, the cousin of the murdered Palestinian, who was arrested after clashing with Israeli forces.