President Obama begins a 24 hour stop in Texas today, amid calls by Democrats and Republicans for him to visit the border and see for himself a situation that he has referred to as a humanitarian crisis,' 1200 WOAI news reports.
The President will arrive in Dallas at mid afternoon today, where he will meet with Gov. Rick Perry and with 'faith leaders,' to, as the White House put it, discuss the urgent humanitarian situation.'
But U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) says that's not good enough.
"The President should go down there, get on Air Force One, it shouldn't take that long," Cuellar said. "I know Texas is big, but it shouldn't take that long. It should take him half an hour to go down there and see the border."
Cuellar concedes that top Administration officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, have made several trips to the border.
"You can send surrogates any time, those are good folks who have been going down there, but I think they want to see him," Cuellar said.
In addition to the meeting with Perry, the President’s schedule is mainly filled with fundraisers. He will attend a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Dallas, and will attend a Democratic National Committee event at a private residence in Austin tonight. He will attend another DNC fundraiser in Austin tomorrow morning.
Several Republicans pounced on the President for failing to travel to the border.
"Given the White House's recent announcement that the President refuses to visit the Rio Grande Valley this week, it unfortunately appears that my request here today will fall on deaf ears," Sen. John Cornyn said. "This suggests to the American people that either the President doesn't really understand this border crisis or he simply doesn't care."