Also Tuesday, about 250 evangelical Christians, representatives of business and law-enforcement officials gathered in Washington to press Congress on immigration overhaul.
GOP congressional leaders have renewed interest in revamping immigration laws since the election, in which Hispanic voters overwhelmingly supported President Obama.
Democrats and Republicans are pushing for a comprehensive bill that would, among other things, include stepped-up border-security measures, employment verification to prevent firms from hiring undocumented workers as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants.
Still, many Republicans remain opposed, particularly to the citizenship path.
In the House, a bipartisan group has been meeting since 2009 to develop an immigration bill and has legislation ready to go, people knowledgeable about the discussions told the Journal.