(NBC News) One year ago a group of four Democrats and four Republicans came up with what they thought would be the grand compromise on immigration.
Now key lawmakers admit immigration reform probably isn't going to happen.
Many blame outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's surprise primary loss. He was willing to let children of immigrants stay in the U.S., and his Tea Party opponent used it against him, scaring off any other Republican willing to compromise on immigration.
Even Senator Marco Rubio,the son of immigrants who helped craft the compromise bill, doubts there's any middle ground now.
"We're not going to award 12 million people citizenship, and we're not going to round up and deport 12 million people," Rubio says.
The compromise passed the Senate but died in the Republican controlled House when leaders wouldn't bring it up for a vote.
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