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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 9:41pm
(CNN) — President Obama is nearly doubling the amount of money he's requesting from Congress to help in the battle over the border.
His latest appeal to Congress comes as he prepares to meet with Texas Governor Rick Perry, a critic of the President's handling of the nation's ongoing immigration crisis.
The Obama Administration is struggling to cope with a huge immigration crisis along the southern border.
Two key players, the President and Republican Governor Rick Perry will meet face to face to try and tack the problem Wednesday.
"We have been working for a couple of days to set up a meeting between the President and local officials in the Dallas area to discuss the situation on the border," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
The President's visit to the Lone Star State will come as he requests $3.7 billion in emergency funding.
A breakdown shows a large part of the proposed border budget would go to caring for unaccompanied children illegally crossing the border. Many of them are crammed into overpopulated detention centers across the country.
"This is not just a border crisis, this is a situation that our entire nation is having to deal with," said Representative Filemon Vela from Texas.
It will be up to lawmakers like Democratic Congressman Filemon Vela to approve the billions of dollars for the border.
"What we do know is that we have to set up the legal infrastructure so that we can process these people," said Vela.
The South Texas Congressman represents a border district considered the epicenter of the immigration crisis. Vela wants the President to break from his scheduled Dallas stop for an up close look at the face of the issue.
Despite calls from both Republicans and Democrats for the President to visit South Texas, the White House has not announced any plans to do so.