- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2014

President Obama, under fire for not visiting the U.S.-Mexico border while in Texas, will address the “urgent humanitarian situation” along the boundary in a speech Wednesday, the White House announced.

The hastily arranged remarks, scheduled for 6:45 p.m., will come on the heels of a meeting between Mr. Obama, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, and other state and local leaders in Dallas. The gathering is focused on the influx of children from Mexico, Central America and elsewhere streaming across the border and into the U.S.

The growing crisis led the White House this week to ask Congress for $3.7 billion to address the situation.

But Mr. Obama’s comments won’t be enough for those who believe the commander in chief personally should visit the border and see the crisis firsthand.

His refusal to visit the border was magnified after he was photographed playing pool and drinking beer with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in Denver on Tuesday night — time he could’ve spent visiting the border, bipartisan critics say.

“He was shown in Colorado last night having a beer, playing pool. If he had time for a beer and playing pool, I think he has time after the fundraiser to get on Air Force One and go down to the border,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas Democrat.

The president is in Texas to headline Democratic party fundraisers in Dallas and Austin.

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