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The Republican Immigration Crisis

The collapse of an immigration bill reveals Congress as dysfunctional, petty, incompetent and getting worse. 
It's not getting easier.
It's not getting easier.

House Republicans today killed their own bill on the immigration crisis, which may be just as well: It wasn't a bill so much as a meta-bill. Which is to say it was designed not to address the problem of scores of thousands of child immigrants showing up at the U.S.'s southern border, but the problem of Democrats saying House Republicans had failed to address the problem.

Now that they have failed to achieve even that modest goal -- the White House noted their failure within minutes -- the question is what happens next. The most likely answers aren't encouraging, and the most encouraging answers aren't likely.