Bloomberg by the Numbers: $659 Million

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.

A $659 million border-security and immigration proposal in the Republican-led House was pulled from consideration yesterday after party leaders couldn’t corral enough support to pass it.

The legislation, meant to address a surge of undocumented children showing up at the U.S.-Mexico border, was opposed by some conservative House members and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Republican leaders planned to revise the legislation last night and hold a private meeting with their membership this morning to discuss the issue. Republicans control 234 of the 435 seats in the House.

The Democratic-led Senate on July 30 advanced its own plan, a $2.7 billion bill. President Barack Obama originally requested $3.7 billion.

House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, yesterday dismissed a “nutso scheme” by Senate Democrats to add broader immigration measures to a border-security bill.

“Even if the House manages to pass a measure, Congress almost certainly will leave Washington for the August break without enacting a plan to address the border crisis,” Bloomberg News reported.

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