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USA Today; December 17, 2013

This was supposed to be the year that Congress actually did something about a festering national problem: immigration.

It got halfway there after last year's elections spooked Republicans into realizing they'll become a permanent minority if their policies don't evolve with the nation's changing demographics. A major immigration overhaul passed the Senate in June with bipartisan support, then languished in the House of Representatives.

The main holdup is that a segment of House Republicans simply can't abide creating a path to citizenship for the 11 million or so undocumented people in this country. As lengthy and arduous as the proposed path is, the critics say it amounts to "amnesty" for lawbreakers and would invite a wave of illegal immigration. Some also fear that citizenship would create millions of Democratic voters.

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