WASHINGTON — Congress is likely to postpone consideration of an immigration overhaul until the end of the year, if not longer, even as advocates are preparing for an all-out, urgent push to win their longstanding goal of a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants living here illegally.
In Washington, the sudden debate over military action in Syria and a looming face-off with President Obama over the budget and the nation’s borrowing limit have shot to the top of the legislative agenda, while Republican angst about losing Hispanic voters in the 2012 presidential campaign has faded.
In the House, where many Republicans view an overhaul bill passed by the Senate as a juggernaut that is too kind to immigrant lawbreakers, the legislative summer recess has done little to stoke enthusiasm for immediate action.
Senior Republican aides in the House say immigration is at the back of the line and is unlikely to come up for months.
The prospect of a delay is generating frustration among supporters of the legislation. In August, immigration groups organized hundreds of visits to congressional offices, town hall meetings, vigils, marches, and rallies, creating a constant buzz.