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House Republicans are divided on immigration reform, reducing prospects for enactment of comprehensive legislation in 2014 that would allow unauthorized foreigners to become legal US residents.
House leaders announced Standards for Immigration Reform in January 2014 that would increase border and interior enforcement before providing a path to legalization but not US citizenship for many of the 12 million unauthorized foreigners in the US. The principles state that unauthorized foreigners could "live legally and without fear in the US" if they "admit their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics, and be able to support themselves and their families (without access to public benefits)."
There would be an exception for unauthorized foreigners brought to the US as children. The Standards say that so-called DREAMers who "serve honorably in our military or attain a college degree" could become naturalized US citizens.