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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 9:49 am

WESLACO — Gov. Rick Perry received another border security briefing from Department of Public Safety officials here this morning, he tweeted just before 10 a.m.

"Informative #bordersecurity briefing this AM in Weslaco. This crisis must be seen to be understood," the post to Twitter read. The hashtag "#SecureTheBorder" followed the two-sentence tweet.

A photo of Perry seated next to DPS Director Col. Steve McCraw accompanied the post.

Perry met with President Barack Obama in Dallas yesterday to discuss the situation. The president has been criticized for making fundraising visits to Dallas and Austin, but not visiting the border.

A Perry spokeswoman said the governor does not plan to hold media availability while in the Rio Grande Valley today.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said he became aware the visit was possible when DPS troopers backed out of a briefing scheduled for this morning to discuss the influx of state troopers in the Valley to supplement federal border agents.

"My DPS partners bailed on me because the governor was supposed to be here today," he said.

jfischler@themonitor.com

Read Perry's tweet: https://twitter.com/GovernorPerry/status/487247529998696449/photo/1

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