‘Immigration Battle’ Reveals Big, Little Congressional Details

by Jason Dick  |  published on October 27, 2015

They were two days away.

Reps. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., had a July 12, 2014, meeting scheduled with Speaker John A. Boehner to present the Ohio Republican with their immigration reform bill, complete with a whip count, that was ready for introduction.

But on July 10, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., lost his primary to Dave Brat, who ran on a hard-right immigration platform, and the migrant children crisis on the Southwest border peaked. After that, “the whip count commitments evaporated,” according to “Immigration Battle,” a new documentary by Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini.

Their film, which caps a 15-year series of immigration documentaries, premiered earlier this month at the New York Film Festival and is being broadcast and streamed now on PBS’ “Frontline.”

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