WASHINGTON (CBS) -- House Republicans are taking their own step-by-step approach on immigration. After gathering to figure out a way forward lawmakers say there is consensus they will not pass a single sweeping bill.
Emerging from their meeting on immigration reform House Republicans made two things clear: they will not take up the Senate's bill and securing the border is the top priority.
But there was no agreement on what to do about the 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Rep. Darrell Issa said, "Some people clearly will stay. Some people need to be deported for good and valid reasons. And there may be a group of people who become, if you will, long term guest workers."
House Republicans also have no interest in passing one all encompassing immigration bill. Instead they're looking at series of smaller bills. Rep. John Boehner said, "These big comprehensive bills cause all kinds of problems."
House legislation won't come any time soon. Republicans say they are going to take their time, and don't expect to have a vote until after the August recess.
Young people who came to the U.S. as children have been at the Capitol urging lawmakers to grant them citizenship. Cristina Jimenez said, "We are Americans in every sense of the word. We just don't have the papers to show that we are."
Senators John McCain and Chuck Schumer huddled with the President at the White House today - saying they found the House meeting encouraging. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said, "A large percentage of house realize doing nothing not an option."
Both said they think immigration reform has a strong future this year.