Opening Act: Filemon Vela

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July 3 2013 8:41 AM

Opening Act: Filemon Vela

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The Rio Grande stretches westward, forming the border between Mexico (L), and the United States on May 20, 2013 near Havana, Texas.

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He only got to Congress this year, and the representative from Texas is the first Democrat to kick over the chessboard because of the security components added to immigration reform.

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Texas Rep. Filemon Vela, who represents a South Texas border district, resigned from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in protest of the group’s embrace of a Senate immigration bill that contains millions of dollars for drones, fences and border agents. ... It followed an impassioned floor speech last week in which Vela invoked the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and its symbolism of unity and economic growth.

Molly Ball had felt the first tremors of reformers saying "OK, finally, enough, we're done."

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And the story of Jason Everman is the most interesting non-overthrow-of-government story of the week.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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