Not One for Photo-ops: Obama Defends Decision Not to Visit Border

by Spencer Case

President Obama pushed back against repeated calls, including from members of his own party, for him to visit the southwestern border during his fundraising trip to Texas.

“This isn’t theater,” he said shortly after arriving in Dallas. “This is a problem. I’m not interested in photo-ops. I’m interested in solving a problem.”

In his remarks, the president also warned parents in Central America to stop illegally sending their children to the United States.

“While we intend to do right by these children, their parents need to know this is an incredibly dangerous situation and it’s unlikely that their children are going to be able to stay,” President Obama said. “And I’ve asked parents across America not to put their children in harm’s way in this fashion.”

“They cannot just show up at the border and automatically assume that they’re going to be absorbed,” he added.

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