Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of being "missing in action" during the surge of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the border into the U.S.
President Obama will travel to Texas this week to meet with border security officials in Dallas and Austin. He will not visit the U.S.-Mexico border, however.
Poe questioned why the president did not plan to visit the border firsthand.
"He's not going near the border," Poe said. "Maybe it's just too dangerous to go to the Texas-Mexico border."
The Texas Republican argued the influx of child migrants was due to the Obama administration's use of executive action on immigration, such as delaying deportations of people who arrived in the U.S. as children.
"The president's policy of non-enforcement has effectively encouraged tens of thousands of people to pay smugglers to bring children from Central America into the United States," Poe said.