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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - There were significant developments on the border crisis Tuesday. President Obama asked for $3.8 billion to address the flood of children illegally flowing into Texas… up from the original figure of $2 billion.

At the same time, Governor Rick Perry and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings were asked to attend a meeting with the President and local faith leaders when Obama is in Dallas Wednesday for a fund-raiser.

The locals leaders came after answering the call from County Judge Clay Jenkins to help him provide facilities for the children.

While not on the agenda, public speakers addressed the issue in an open microphone session of Tuesday’s Dallas County Commissioners Court. Critics complained they are in the dark on the plan. And not happy about it.

“Bringing illegals to Dallas doesn’t come under the duties of county commissioner,” said Susan Mardozza of Carrollton. “I implore you, do not perpetuate this government-made crisis.”

Dallas resident Eric Williams, also an independent candidate for Congress, echoed her criticism. “The people have not been consented to this agreement of housing these kids and there is outrage,” he said.

Word of Jenkins’ plan brought out public comment from supporters as well as critics. Dallasite Jan Sanders applauded the plan. “I can’t think of a better use of our taxes whether be state, local, or federal to respond to a humanitarian crisis.”

Dallas pastor Eric Folkerth, quoted Bible verses, including a passage from Leviticus. “The alien that resides with you shall be as the citizen among you.”

Following the meeting, Judge Jenkins talked about his plan. “It’s important to remember these are precious children of God,” he said while defending his taking the initiative with the government. “Actually, I contacted them and offered our assistance because I saw these children in need.”

He denied he is politicizing the issue, even though it was used in a solicitation for campaign funds more than a week ago. He agreed a message was sent, however. “This is about children; it’s not about politics.”

But County Commissioner Mike Cantrell disagreed. “He can say somebody else politicized it, but he’s the one that sent the letter, and hes the one that made the announcement from the Democratic convention. I didn’t do it.”

Judge Jenkins didn’t answer any questions about tomorrow’s meeting with the President, not even if he is part of it. He says he’s been asked by the White House to not talk about it.

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