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Border Democrats See Immigration Reform Window Closing

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UNITED STATES - JULY 10: Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, speaks at a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on immigration reform and border security principles. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) | Getty

Congressional border Democrats still seeking a deal on immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship conceded on Monday that time is slipping away and the issue could be on hold until next year -- or beyond.

Lawmakers began the year thinking they had a legitimate shot at revamping the system's immigration system for the first time since 1986.

However, U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, said various budget issues are going to take precious weeks, and that issues like the conflict in Syria have already eaten up remaining time. The House calendar indicates Congress will meet for less than nine full weeks before the end of the year.

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