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That said, things look awfully different and difficult in the GOP-controlled House. Proponents of reform, like House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJim Jordan as Speaker is change America needs to move forward Paul Ryan’s political purgatory Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt MORE (R-Ohio) and Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThree House Dems say they'll oppose immigration floor vote over possible wall funding Dems after briefing: 'No evidence' spy placed in Trump campaign Senate approves new sexual harassment policy for Congress MORE (R-Wis.), have done enough talking and listening with their conservative colleagues to know the Senate bill just won't fly. And bringing a conference report to the floor that largely reflects the main provisions of the Senate legislation is a nonstarter, to say the least.

BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJim Jordan as Speaker is change America needs to move forward Paul Ryan’s political purgatory Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt MORE held a press conference after Senate passage to reiterate his intention to bring a bill to the floor only that is supported by a "majority of the majority," something he had said weeks before but that worried conservatives who noted he had refused to apply the same mandate to a conference report when asked specifically by a reporter.

Conventional wisdom holds that opposition to reform is based solely upon the need to secure the border first and to provide legal citizenship later. But legalization itself — forgiveness for law breaking — is still a primary complaint of the conservative groups congressional Republicans hear from the most. 

House Republicans say they can't pass a path to citizenship. So the piecemeal approach favored by most of the House GOP conference means the House will pass immigration reform, but a law seems unlikely.

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