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Davis Wants State of Emergency Declared on Border

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    Texas Tribune

    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's visiting 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.