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The leaders will meet to talk about the stream of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. - Mexico border. (Source: CNN) The leaders will meet to talk about the stream of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. - Mexico border. (Source: CNN)
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(CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to Texas on Wednesday to address what the White House calls an "immediate humanitarian crisis."

A stream of unaccompanied minors have been crossing the U.S. - Mexico border.

The president will meet with Gov. Rick Perry as the White House asks Congress for emergency funding to better respond.

Democrats and Republicans have called the influx of illegal border crossings a "crisis."

"I do think it's important, though - We see over 50,000 of these minors coming into the United States since October - to provide a message of deterrence to stop them from coming in the first place,” Rep. Michael McCaul, R – Texas, said. “We're not going to stop this until we start sending them back."

Officials estimate between 60,000 and 80,000 unaccompanied children will cross the border this year, straining resources in border states.

The White House is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to better respond to the flood of immigrants.

"The request makes it clear additional resources help us get in front of this in an effective way," Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, said.

The Obama Administration says the emergency funds would help clear a backlog in immigration courts, among other things.

"We should have a bipartisan conversation making sure we have the resources to deal with it as effectively and efficiently as possible," Munoz said.

Republicans aren't entirely convinced.

"I'm a little concerned it's a short-term Band-aid to what could be a long-term crisis if we don't fix this," McCaul said.

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