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Jul 9, 2014 6:44 AM

Obama Heads to Texas With No Plans to Visit Border

The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability for President Barack Obama, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question his administration's competence and complicating the debate over the nation's fractured immigration laws.

Still, Obama is resisting calls to visit the border during his two-day fundraising trip to Texas, where he arrives Wednesday evening. Instead, he will hold a meeting hundreds of miles away in Dallas to discuss the crisis with faith leaders and Texas officials, including Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have arrived at the border in recent months, many fleeing violence in Central America, but also drawn by rumors that they can stay in the U.S. Republicans and some Democrats say Obama hasn't responded quickly and forcefully enough.

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