WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nobody — even those among their ranks — thought it could happen, but House conservatives cracked GOP leadership to get almost everything they wanted out of a supplemental appropriations immigration bill before the Congress broke officially for recess.
Conservatives capitalized on a perfect storm of the new House GOP leadership team’s inability to whip enough votes Thursday and the hardline stance of key conservatives. Their effort was aided by aggressive movement activists, the conservative media, and a national mood against President Barack Obama — which led many Americans to call their representatives demanding they come up with a solution to the ongoing crisis at the border.
And once the House GOP conference united on a plan, House Democrats went into overdrive Friday in an attempt to derail the new united GOP front.
It all started over a month ago, as the media and lawmakers sounded the alarm about an ongoing border crisis which found tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the United States, surrendering themselves to Border Patrol in hopes that their claims of a “credible fear” would end in them being allowed to stay in the U.S. legally.
Concerns about disease, gangs, and other safety threats spread like wildfire. President Obama avoided a trip to the border during a fundraising tour in Texas—despite pleas from Gov. Rick Perry and others that he visit.