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Tea Party out-muscles Boehner on border-security funding

People hoping to reach the U.S. ride atop the wagon of a freight train, known as La Bestia (The Beast) in IxtepecBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill to fund border security blew up in House Speaker John Boehner’s face on Thursday, leaving Republicans in disarray and struggling to reconcile Tea Party demands with the need to deal with a humanitarian crisis on the southwestern border with Mexico. A carefully crafted, $659 million bill to pay for more border security and help feed and house tens of thousands of Central American children arriving illegally in the United States unexpectedly collapsed on Thursday. Tea Party-backed Senator Ted Cruz of Texas had his fingerprints all over Thursday’s debacle for Boehner. The measure, complained Cruz, would not reverse President Barack Obama’s 2012 policy of suspending deportations of undocumented residents who were brought to the United States as children by their parents.

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