DALLAS (AP) — Sitting down with one of his harshest critics, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he was open to all of Gov. Rick Perry's suggestions for addressing the wave of unaccompanied minors coming over the border from Mexico, urging Congress to approve his request for more funding so that those and other ideas can be put in place.
Obama said he was willing to consider dispatching National Guard troops to the border, as Perry suggested, but warned it would only be a temporary solution. He said that if Perry and Republicans want the problem to be fixed in the longer term, they should press Congress to move quickly to fund his request.
"There's nothing the governor indicated that he'd like to see that I have a philosophical objection to," Obama said after meeting with Perry and other local leaders.
Obama said Perry raised four areas of concern dealing with the number of border patrol agents, the positioning of those agents, the different policies for immigrants coming from Mexico versus Central America and the functioning of the U.S. immigrant judicial system.
Obama said if Congress passes he emergency funding request, the government will have to resources to take some of the steps Perry recommended. He said the problem is fixable if lawmakers are interested in solving it, but that if the preference is for politics, it won't be solved.