The border crisis debate

(NBC News) – President Obama travels to Texas today to raise money for Democrats, but the White House confirms he will not visit the border.

He is asking Congress for nearly four billion dollars to deal with the flood of children who’ve come to the U.S. without their families.

There’s a hearing here today to review that request as President Obama travels to Texas…

From Denver to Texas this afternoon, President Obama will meet with faith leaders and Governor Rick Perry in Dallas – not at the border. “The President would not travel to the border. He’s not doing to do that,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

“Either the President doesn’t really understand this border crisis or he simply doesn’t care,” said Senator John Cornyn, (R) Texas.

The United Nations insists these children are refugees and should stay.

The U.S. found 60 percent were victims of extreme gang violence. “They believed they couldn’t access any protection from their own governments and their only choice to survive was to actually leave. And these are painful decisions that families are making,” said Leslie Valez, United Nations.

While the president’s in Texas, the House appropriations committee holds a hearing on Capitol Hill today to consider his 3.7 billion dollar emergency request.

For more border agents, food, clothes and medical care for thousands of children being detained, and a campaign to convince Central American parents not to send their kids here.

The expedited process to approve the money could still take weeks.

If lawmakers insist on budget cuts to pay for it, or try to add on other projects, as we saw with Super Storm sandy, there could be even longer delays.

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