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Republicans exit closed door meetings even more divided than before

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In Washington Thursday -- an immigration stalemate:

Republicans emerged from a closed door meeting more divided than ever on how to tackle the 11-million people living in the U.S. illegally.

Dueling rallies outside the capitol aren't changing opinions inside.

House Republicans are still divided over how to tackle immigration - people who cross the border illegally, farm workers, tech workers, and children. "You can't separate the DREAM Act kids from those that came across the border with a pack of contraband across their back," said Rep. Steve King/ (R) Iowa.

"I don't think the House is clearly saying that all 11-million will be treated one way," Rep. Darrell Issa/ (R) California.

The one area where they do agree - border security. "Trusting Barack Obama with border security is like trusting my daughter with Bill Clinton - we just don't trust him," Rep. Tim Huelskamp, (R) Kansas.

"Nobody is saying 100 percent. But it, it has to be better than 30 percent," said Rep. Raul Labrador, (R) Idaho.

The Hispanic Caucus was encouraged after meeting with President Obama. "Convinced that the time for immigration reform is now," said Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, (R) Texas.

But Republicans say it could be months before they come up with a solution. "At some point a bill has to pass!" said House Minority Leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA).

The White House reports comprehensive reform could cut illegal immigration in half and slice 820-billion dollars from the deficit.

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