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Gov. Perry Asks For Private Meeting With President During Austin Visit

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 08:39 PM CDT

Texas Governor Rick Perry has sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for a private meeting during his trip to Texas this week to talk about the immigration crisis on the border.

President Obama is heading to Austin for fundraising events. He gets in town Wednesday night to attend a Robert Rodiguez fundraising event and speak at the Paramount Theatre Thursday at noon.

But President Obama is not heading to the border -- and that has some people asking why?

President Obama has vowed support and security to deal with the crisis on the border, but many Republican lawmakers are questioning it after the announcement that he will not visit.

In Gov. Perry's letter, he says, "I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue."

There has been no word yet if President Obama has responded to the request.

The event at the Paramount Theatre is free and open to the public, but tickets will be given out on a first come first serve basis. To get yours head to the Paramount Theatre in Downtown Austin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Gov. Perry Asks For Private Meeting With President During Austin Visit


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