Don't expect any major agreements on immigration when President Obama runs into Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Dallas on Wednesday.
The Democratic president and the Republican governor — a former and perhaps future presidential candidate — have clashed for years on immigration. That isn't likely to change as they dispute how to address the sharp spike in illegal border crossing by migrants from Central America.
Perry wants Obama to dispatch National Guard troops to the border. Obama has asked Congress to approve $3.7 billion for more judges, attorneys and detention centers as part of a plan to speed up deportation times.
For a long time the two couldn't even agree on whether they will have a private meeting Wednesday afternoon in the Lone Star State. Finally it was decided that Perry would meet Obama at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport and they would converse during the helicopter ride aboard Marine One to Love Field. ride
Asked earlier about the possibility of a private meeting between Obama and Perry, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said "the scheduling is still coming together. So if something like that occurs, we'll try to let you know."
Perry spokesman Travis Considine, meanwhile, told The Dallas Morning News that "Gov. Perry and President Obama will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one. Gov. Perry will also be part of a meeting with local officials and faith leaders in Dallas with the president."
When the president and governor meet privately, they likely will echo long-held positions.
In a letter to the White House this week, Perry noted he has been requesting the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. Perry also said the Texas National Guard and Department of Public Safety have performed "surge operations" along a border that has become "a nexus for criminal activity of all kinds."
Speaking Sunday on ABC's This Week, Perry said the White House has ignored his requests: "I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from."
Obama and aides said the government has put unprecedented resources on the border, and rung up record numbers of deportations (for which the president has been criticized by some supporters).
Earnest said the administration has taken steps that are "indicative of our proactive approach to dealing with this situation. The president has already directed that resources be moved from the interior to the border region to address both this backlog that we're seeing but also this influx of illegal migration from Central America."
As for Perry, Earnest said that the governor should encourage congressional Republicans to support a pending plan to overhaul and improve the entire immigration system.