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Obama visits Dallas, discusses border crisis solutions

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DALLAS - President Barack Obama says Congress has the ability to act immediately to address the wave of unaccompanied minors coming over the border from Mexico into the U.S.

Obama spoke in Dallas after meeting Wednesday with Gov. Rick Perry and other officials about the unaccompanied minors entering the country by the thousands.

Obama says Perry raised four areas of concern and made suggestions. Perry asked Obama to deploy National Guard troops to handle the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing into South Texas. He also asked Obama to authorize the use of Predator drones for identifying illegal trafficking.

Obama says he doesn't have a philosophical objection to anything Perry suggested. He says if Congress passes his emergency funding request, the government will have to resource to take some of the steps Perry recommended.

Obama says the problem is fixable if lawmakers are interested in solving it. He says if the preference is for politics, it won't be solved.

He asked Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion to cover border control costs, health services for children and more immigration judges. The White House says the money would also pay for increased surveillance at the border and help Central America deal with border crossers.

Obama also met with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Judge Clay Jenkins and other local and faith leaders on Wednesday to talk about the immigration crisis.

President Obama had no plans to visit the border while in Texas.

"I'm not interested in photo ops," Obama said Wednesday. "I'm interested in solving a problem."

After the meeting, President Obama attended a Democratic fundraiser at Dallas attorney Marc Stanley's home in Preston Hollow. Obama then headed to Austin.

Some Dallas County residents who showed up to Commissioner's Court on Tuesday were in favor of helping unaccompanied immigrant children, but there were some who begged county leaders not to move forward with a plan to bring thousands the children into the county at the end of the month.

Members of the faith-based community are on standby, ready to help the undocumented children who come to Texas.

Church members at First Baptist Garland Church plan to help socialize unaccompanied youth in local temporary shelters with activities and after-school programs, including everything from sports to crafts. As many as 60 members of the congregation and others who are part of the Texas Baptists plan to help.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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