AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis is asking Gov. Rick Perry to declare a state of emergency along Texas’ border with Mexico amid a surge of unaccompanied minors pouring into the U.S.
In a letter, the Fort Worth state senator says doing so will alleviate pressure on local communities and federal authorities.
She visited the border Monday for a firsthand look at the “crisis.”
Davis also wants Perry to convene a special legislative session to increase funding to city and county officials and charities.
Some conservatives have sought a special session too, but want to focus on border security.
Davis said Perry should push for federal reimbursement of Texas’ immigration-related costs.
A Perry spokesman responded that Davis should send her letter on to Washington and her “political ally” President Barack Obama.