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Obama to talk border crisis with N. Texas faith leaders

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Governor Rick Perry will meet with President Obama in Dallas on Wednesday to talk about the border crisis.

The president has asked congress for $3.7 billion to address the increase in illegal adult and child immigrants coming across the border.

President Obama will also meet with local faith leaders to talk about the kind of help that’s needed in communities, and the Gov. Perry been invited to be a part of that.

One of those local faith leaders is Frederick Haynes, who traveled to the border last weekend with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and state Senator Royce West.

Haynes says the meeting between President Obama and the pastor will focus on how to help the children.

“They are in need of safety; they are in need of hope and healing, and our country has a reputation of doing what is right by children, and we cannot, in the 21st century, turn our back on this legacy of providing havens for children,” said Haynes.

Haynes says he's been hurt by the images from California of people blocking buses of children trying to get to temporary shelters.

“It breaks my heart because many of them will claim to love Jesus, but hate children,” said Haynes. “And I guess the irony of it is the Bible I read, Jesus speaks specifically of, you need to have a millstone tied around your neck and thrown into a sea if you offend these little ones.”

Gov. Perry was been asked by the White House to attend the meeting with faith leaders to discuss the border crisis.

“I hope Governor Perry will, instead of politicizing this and appealing to a certain segment of the population, I hope his heart as a parent will go out to children who are suffering and hurting,” said Haynes.

Haynes says everyone should remember that America is a nation of immigrants.

“When we say give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, does that exclude children who come from Central America?” said Haynes. “Our nation is better than just throwing children back into a burning house. You don’t do that.”

Haynes says many in his congregation have offered help in any way possible, up to and including opening their homes if necessary.
Neither Haynes nor the governor would disclose specifically when and where Wednesday’s meeting will happen.

Members of the public got a chance to have their voices heard Tuesday about the immigrant children coming to Dallas County.

There were many supporters, and some raised concerns about potential health problems with the children.

Judge Jenkins says he still believes that potential shelters can be up and running by the end of July.

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