Many times throughout the past months, Governor Rick Perry has pleaded with the President to come to Texas to witness for himself the "humanitarian and national security crisis" near the Rio Grande river. Many times the White House has stated that the President doesn't need to come to Texas because other officials are performing as witnesses.
Perry has not hidden his annoyance toward President Obama and his lack of concern about the border. In fact, he believes there is a concerted effort to get an increasing number of non-citizens into the U.S. via Mexico, many of them being from Central America.
He is quoted as saying,
'I mean I hate to be conspiratorial, but I mean how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?'
Though Obama is currently planning a trip to Texas, he still doesn't care to see the border situation or to talk about Perry's concerns with Perry. Instead, he is going to another fundraiser. He did say he would be happy to shake hands with Perry at the airport. Deja Vu.
The President appears to have a strategy. It seems he would like the frustrated Rick Perry to convince other Republicans in the Senate that they need, that they must pass immigration reform.
As for Perry, he wants our current laws respected, and a true attempt made under those laws to solve the border problem. Rather than simply dash off to the airport to shake hands with a hurried President, he is asking time for a thoughtful discussion. Therefore, Perry has offered to President Obama,
'I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue.'
UPDATE: Rick Perry greets Obama on Dallas tarmac, (Politico) "Perry had previously declined to greet the president at the Austin airport and, in a letter to the White House, asked for a private meeting instead to discuss the border. After Perry’s letter, Obama’s team invited the Texas governor to join Obama at the roundtable."