AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis is asking Gov. Rick Perry to declare a state of emergency along Texas' border with Mexico to "assist overwhelmed local communities."
In a letter Monday, the Fort Worth state senator says doing so will alleviate pressure on federal authorities. She's visiting the border and called the situation a "crisis."
Thousands of unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, have poured into the U.S. illegally recently.
Davis also wants Perry to convene a special legislative session to increase funding to city and county officials, first-responders and charities.
Some conservatives have sought a special session too, but want to focus on securing the border.
Davis also said Perry should push to fill federal judicial immigration vacancies, and for Texas to be reimbursed by federal authorities for immigration-related costs.