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John Boehner says immigration reform 'absolutely not' dead

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Rumors of immigration reform's demise in the 113th Congress are greatly exaggerated, according to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

"Is immigration reform dead? Absolutely not," Boehner said. "I believe the Congress needs to deal with this issue. Our committees are continuing to do their work."

He added that "there are a lot of private conversations that are under way" about how to proceed with reform "on a commonsense, step-by-step basis."

Boehner didn't give a schedule, though, and election years often complicate efforts to pass significant legislation.

House Republicans are internally debating a number of bills that deal with immigration, while opposing an omnibus bill such as the legislation that came out of the Senate. For instance, the Kids Act would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children. And Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has proposed giving illegal immigrants six years of legal status.

“It's halfway -- and it always has been -- halfway between full amnesty and simply rejecting people,” Issa told Politico. “I think if we're going to break this logjam that's occurred for my whole 13 years I've been in Congress, we have to find middle ground.”

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