Dallas is Not on the Border Mr. President

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 will fall on deaf ears and therefore suggests to the American people that either the President doesn't really understand this border crisis or he simply doesn't care.

I've been with the President after the tragic shootings at Fort Hood in 2009 and in this last year. I have been with the President at the memorial service in West, where first responders were tragically killed as a result of an explosion.

Why he is so stubborn and hardheaded that he refuses to visit the Rio Grande Valley and witness this ongoing humanitarian crisis with his own eyes really is mystifying.

I hope the President will reconsider his decision. Since he's going to be in Texas anyway, go to the border 500 miles away, Air Force One, easy to get there, won't take much time, spend an hour on the ground and then I think he will come away glad that he has taken advantage and accepted this invitation by Governor Perry and me and other Texans to come see the problem for himself.


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