Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will visit the U.S. border with Mexico in Texas later this week as he continues to ponder whether he'll run for GOP president next year.
Walker will be joined by Texas Gov. and fellow Republican Greg Abbott, reports The Texas Tribune.
The two governors will visit the border on Friday. The following day, Walker is scheduled to give the keynote address at the Harris County GOP's Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. Abbott, reports the Tribune, will be in attendance.
"Gov. Walker looks forward to taking a close look at U.S. border security with Gov. Abbott," said spokesperson AshLee Strong of Walker's Our American Revival PAC in a statement, according to the Tribune. "While President Obama has failed to work with governors to address serious, ongoing concerns at the border, Gov. Walker looks forward to talking to officials on the ground about real solutions."
Abbott has not given any one person his support for president, and there is only one major candidate in the race thus far — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. But Abbott wants border security to be a "top priority" in the election next year, and he would like to shuttle candidates along the border to show them the "challenges" faced by the Lone Star State and the country as a whole.
"Gov. Abbott is making border security a top priority and he believes it is vital that everyone understand the challenges that Texas — and the nation — face as a result of the federal government's failure to take action," Abbott spokeswoman Amelia Chassé said in a statement, according to the Tribune. "He welcomes anyone to come to Texas and see these challenges firsthand, including President Obama, who has yet to visit the border."
Border security has been a hot-button issue for years, but it reached new levels in the last few months after President Barack Obama took executive action
on immigration that granted amnesty to about 5 million people currently living in the United States illegally.
Critics claim the border needs to be secured and amnesty should not be given to anyone.
The other immigration problem facing the country is the influx of children that has been crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. More than 12,000 children have entered the country since Oct. 1, and only a small number have been sent back. The others have been resettled into American society.
Experts are predicting another surge of children
will enter the country this summer.
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