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President Obama to Arrive in Texas Wednesday

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President Obama’s first stop will be in Dallas, where he'll meet with Governor Rick Perry and other state leaders. Afterward, the president will fly into Austin.

The President and Governor Perry will meet to discuss border issues.

Perry says thousands of unaccompanied illegal children are coming across the United States and Mexico border, many through Texas.

On Monday, Perry said he'd declined a previous offer to greet president Obama at ABIA. Instead, the governor suggested a "substantive meeting" on immigration. White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett responded by inviting Perry to a Wednesday border meeting in Dallas that will involve faith and local leaders.

The Obama administration has resisted repeated calls by Perry and Republicans to take a firsthand look at the border.

Josh Earnest the White House Press Secretary says, "The President is supportive of those efforts and that's why we were seeking to set up a meeting with those individuals. When Governor Perry sent a letter to the White House yesterday indicating a desire to meet with the President, we thought it made sense here to extend an invitation to Governor Perry to allow him to participate in that meeting with other Texans who are seeking to address the situation in a constructive manner. So we're looking forward to Governor Perry participating in that meeting."

Senator John Cornyn says, "Well if it's a national emergency, which I agree that it is, why is the President raising money for two days in Texas and refusing to come to the border and see it for himself? Can you imagine any President refusing to deal with this first hand to get the information themselves? It's really important that he do so."

With President Obama's visit, expect delays and some road closures in the downtown area. Capital Metro says nine downtown bus routes will likely be impacted. Detours could start this afternoon around 3:00 and last through tomorrow afternoon. Signs will be posted at closed bus stops along I-35, Red River, and 11th and 12th streets.

President Obama is expected to speak Thursday around the lunch hour. Specific details are not available due to security issues.

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