Conservative Republicans on Wednesday ruled out any immigration legislation in the House this year, insisting that the GOP should wait until next year when the party might also control the Senate.

House GOP leaders unveiled their broad immigration principles last week that gave hope to advocates and the Obama administration that the first changes in the nation's laws in three decades might happen in the coming months.

Immigration legislation is one of the top priorities for Obama's second term.

President Obama is indicating he could be open to immigration legislation that does not include a special pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people already in the U.S. illegally.

In an interview with CNN broadcast Friday, Mr. Obama reiterated his preference for including a route to citizenship in a comprehensive bill. But he says he doesn't want to prejudge legislation in which people get legal status and then go into the regular citizenship process.

U.S. House Speaker John A. Boehner

House Republican leaders said Thursday for the first time that they would be open to allowing the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants to live and work legally in the United States, but they emphasized that most would not be offered a “special path” to achieve citizenship.

Kenyans in the US have praised President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address that was delivered on Tuesday night in Washington DC.

Mr Obama's speech, that reiterated the Democratic Party's push for comprehensive immigration reforms this year, began trending on social media.

The President told the US Congress Chamber that he would not relent in his push towards getting citizenship for over 11 million illegal immigrants.

Seven months after the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform package, House Republicans are expected to announce their own version, but with one notable difference — no citizenship for illegals, ever.

Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday told Texas business leaders eager for changes to immigration laws that House Republicans will tackle reform in pieces and ruled out negotiations with the Senate on its comprehensive measure.

The Wisconsin Republican didn’t offer a timetable ahead of next week’s GOP House caucus annual retreat, where Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said immigration will top the agenda.

Nearly a decade after Congress passed the Real ID Act to thwart terrorists from getting driver's licenses, the law will finally go into effect in April. But 13 states still are not ready.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security repeatedly put off enforcement of the law, as states complained about its costs and civil rights groups objected to it as an invasion of privacy. But in December, while DHS was temporarily headed by counterterrorism expert Rand Beers, the agency unveiled a gradual rollout for enforcing the law.

President Barack Obama told Senate Democrats that he believes House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will pass immigration reform in the House that will ultimately lead to a broader and more comprehensive bill once the House conferences with the Senate.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, has added Austria, Italy, Panama, and Thailand to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The notice listing the 63 eligible countries published January 17, 2014 in the Federal Register. 

In a few weeks, House Republicans will release their principles for immigration reform, which will outline step-by-step measures from border security to legal status. The GOP's release of reform principles is renewing hope that immigration reform could pass in 2014.

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