When Congress left for August recess, immigration reform was a front burner issue. The Senate had approved a sweeping bill that established a path to citizenship for millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally.
The House was deliberating, but immigrant advocates were optimistic that legislation would pass this year.
What a difference a month makes. The prospect of American involvement in Syria's civil war and a looming budget battle have taken center stage. That's got proponents of immigration reform drawing up contingency plans.
Leslie Berestein Rojas covers immigration for KPCC. She joins the show with more.