AUSTIN -- President Barack Obama is in the Lone Star State to raise money and talk about border security and the economy.
Obama arrived in Austin after a stop in Dallas to attend a fundraiser and discuss growing immigration issues at the border. The meeting will include leaders of the state's faith communities and several politicians, including Gov. Rick Perry.
On Monday, Perry said he'd declined an offer to greet Obama at the Austin airport. He claimed the time it would take for a quick handshake would not be enough to discuss whats now being called a humanitarian crisis: the influx of thousands of children into Texas from Central America.
Instead the governor suggested a "substantive meeting" on immigration. White House administrators responded by calling the Dallas meeting.
The White House has resisted Perry's repeated calls for the president to travel south to the border to take a firsthand look at the tens of thousands of children arriving from Central America. The Obama administration declined, but says they're not ignoring the issue.
"What the president will do, though, is he's going to spend some time, in addition to those other activities that you mentioned, visiting with some Texans who -- both local government officials, as well as the leaders in the faith community down there -- who are seeking to mobilize resources in support of an effort to effectively deal with the situation at the southwest border," said White House Press Secretary John Earnest.
After Dallas, it's on to Austin for an overnight stay.
Obama arrived in Austin around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday and attended a private fundraiser that night. He will speak at the Paramount Theatre downtown on Thursday.
After landing, Obama went straight to Austin-based filmmaker Robert Roriguez' home in Central Austin for a fundraiser. A ticket to the fundraiser ranged between $5,000 to $32,400 a person.
KVUE will have full coverage of the presidential visit throughout Wednesday and Thursday.