Border issues have been dominating the conversation in Washington lately, so on Friday, Washington came to the border. Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas led a meeting of the House Homeland Security Committee in McAllen, where many of the 52,000 undocumented children have been detained since the beginning of this year.

In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we heard the latest in the debate over how to respond to the problem and who foots the bill.


There are plenty of questions about what caused the border crisis, but perhaps the biggest one is whether an immigration reform bill would have made a difference. Scott Braddock of the Quorum Report joined us to give his perspective.


And the state Democratic convention brought out some bold claims from both Republicans and Democrats. Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas and the Austin American-Statesman joined us to sort rhetoric from reality.