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Comprehensive immigration reform seems to be favored on Capitol Hill, but the term has different meanings to different people. Many Republicans oppose offering a pathway to citizenship to undocumented workers. Virginia Republican Rep. Scott Rigell says he's still wrestling with the idea of giving those workers voting rights.

"I'm trying, and I can't quite get around to this idea that someone who has came here illegally will help shape the direction of this country," says Rigell.

While Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith opposes amnesty, he says Republican principles can go a long way when it comes to immigration.

"Heck, we ought to stick with our brand," says Griffith. "Our brand is that we want to cut out some of these regulations, and we could do the same thing with immigration in my opinion."

A bipartisan proposal in the Senate includes a path to citizenship, but it may be tough getting that measure through the Republican controlled House.

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