What You Need to Know About the Border Crisis

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  • Sheila Jackson Lee
  • John Boehner
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  • What's the Big Deal?
  • Why the Surge?
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry
  • What Happens Once the Immigrants Cross the Border?
  • President Obama
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  • Barack Obama
  • John Boehner

The Political Toll

Republican House leaders have resisted bringing an immigration reform bill for a vote or even debate for fear of angering their conservative base. But even they are beginning to recognize that inaction on an issue of which children are now the primary face could come at a high political cost. Latinos make up the nation's largest minority group and are becoming an increasingly more powerful voting bloc. While Obama on July 10 accused Republicans of not doing their jobs, a visibly frustrated Boehner cried, "He's been president for five-and-a-half years. When's he going to take responsibility for something?"

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