Obama in Texas. Will he tour fire damaged areas?
by ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN
President Barack Obama will arrive in the Lone Star State today to deliver an address on fixing the immigration system in the country. His visit comes at a time when much of the midwest and southern parts of the country have been hammered by natural disasters such as tornadoes, flooding and of course, raging wildfires throughout Texas.
The Obama Administration has been greatly criticized by Texas Republican officials for denying Texas Governor Rick Perry’s request that a federal disaster declaration be called for Texas in light of multiple fires that continue to burn. West Texas and San Antonio Congressman Francisco Canseco has called Obama’s move an, “assault on Texas.” Canseco’s office has produced a video attacking the President for not responding favorably to Governor Perry’s request.
Perry, one of the President’s biggest critics, is clearly losing his temper with President Obama, saying, “There is no consistency with this administration.”
In a letter to the President last Friday, May 6, U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn of Texas invited President Obama to view areas of Texas that have been damaged by the fire saying, “We are hopeful that after seeing this devastation firsthand, you will reconsider your recent denial and provide the State and localities with the vital resources and funding required to fully support their work.”
President Obama will deliver his immigration speech in El Paso at 2:30 pm central standard time. Afterwards he will travel to Austin for a fundraiser. To view the President’s schedule for the day, click here.
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