President Obama warned of a humanitarian crisis at the border. Hill Democrats feuded with the Obama administration over speeding up deportations. House Republicans scrambled and delayed recess to overcome internal disputes and pass a border bill. For all the border-crisis drama that engulfed Washington, lawmakers are returning to the Capitol this week from their five-week break having done nothing, Politico reports. The surge of young migrant children at the southern border has vanished from the forefront of Washington's radar amid other crises.
The center of the immigration debate has shifted to Obama’s decision to delay executive action that would stall deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants already here. Meanwhile, the number of young immigrants being apprehended has plunged dramatically since June, agencies have shuffled some funds and the White House has declared the crisis at the Texas border over, for now. “It's evaporated because the House passed a bill,” Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fl.) said of the border crisis. “The president couldn't blame Republicans and so, lo and behold — all of a sudden — he finds the money.” Though the White House asked for $3.7 billion in extra spending earlier this summer for the border crisis, it's now unlikely that significant new funds are needed right away to deal with the unaccompanied minors.