Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, greets President Obama on arrival Wednesday in Dallas, where they met to discuss the surge of illegal immigration at the border.
Faced with a potentially awkward scene at the Texas-Mexico border, President Barack Obama sought to recast the political debate over a flood of young migrants as a question of Republican willingness to tackle the problem, not his decision to skip a chance to view the crisis first-hand.
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