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What is the status of the House's immigration reform effort?

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks as (L-R) Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) listen during a news conference on immigration reform April 18, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The senators discussed the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act". Alex Wong/Getty Images

Today, Washington is back to work for the first full week since the government shutdown.

Now that there's at least a temporary solution to the budget and debt crises, immigration reform advocates are pushing hard for a vote on immigration reform this year.

Prior to the government shutdown, the Senate passed legislation to overhaul border security, require employer verification of workers' status and create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. 

House Republicans decided to tackle smaller pieces of immigration legislation, and the House's so-called "Gang of Eight" congresspeople working on legislation has dwindled to just five members.

Joining us now for more on this is House member Mark Takano, a Democrat from Riverside,  and for the view from the other side of the aisle, we're joined by Republican Congressman Jeff Denham of California's Central Valley. 

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