(AUSTIN, Texas) -- In a letter to President Obama on Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry extended an invitation to visit his home state in order to witness firsthand the border "crisis" in which an increased number of undocumented children are entering the country from Mexico.
Perry, who has had longstanding differences with the president, also asked him to deploy an additional 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border and give the Guard arrest powers to support Border Patrol officers.
“There is no doubt that I have disagreed with you and your administration on many policies over the years. This crisis, however, transcends any political differences we may have,” the governor wrote. “The safety and security of our border communities is being threatened by this flood of illegal immigration, and the crisis worsens by the day.”
Perry also requested that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conduct joint inspections of emergency facilities housing undocumented immigrants, including children.
During the White House briefing Friday, deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said the crisis has heightened due to a “deliberate misinformation campaign that is propagated by criminal syndicates in Central America.”
The Obama administration hopes members of Congress will "work collaboratively" to ensure resources are available to address the issue, he added.
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