Obama under mounting pressure to visit US-Mexico border as immigration crisis deepens

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is facing mounting calls from Republicans to take a firsthand look at an immigration emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. But that could put him in an awkward spot, appearing alongside what he has called a “humanitarian crisis” sparked by the flood of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America.

The White House says Obama currently has no plans to visit the border when he travels to Texas next week. Administration officials say Republicans are merely focused on scoring political points.

Obama is in the difficult position of asking Congress for more money and authority to send the children back home at the same time he’s seeking ways to allow many other people already in the U.S. illegally to stay.