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Published on NewsOK Modified: April 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm •  Published: April 29, 2014

With Congress back in session after a two-week recess, Boehner said that discussions were ongoing about a way forward. Meanwhile advocates continue to push on the issue, with more than 250 evangelical pastors descending on Capitol Hill Tuesday to call for a vote. But any window for congressional action this year is rapidly closing, and chances remain slim.

Boehner issued a set of principles on immigration earlier this year meant to guide possible action in the House, but the effort quickly collapsed after Republican lawmakers questioned the wisdom of moving forward in an election year when they aim to hold onto control of the House and perhaps retake the Senate.

Because of the dim prospects on Capitol Hill, Obama has come under extraordinary pressure to act on his own to stem deportations and address the 11.5 million people in the country illegally. The administration is weighing curbing deportations of people here illegally who have little or no criminal record, but timing on any such steps is uncertain.

Administration officials appear to want to give Boehner time and space to exhaust the possibility of congressional action before moving forward on their own.