Religious leaders are lobbying the House for immigration reform.
At a prayer service on Capitol Hill Wednesday, some Christians said Congress has a moral obligation to complete action on the issue.
Regent University President Carlos Campo asked God to change lawmakers' hearts to help them reach an agreement.
"Inaction is not an option today. De facto amnesty is not where we are," Campo said. "Ask any family that is caught in this limbo and they will tell you -- that we will join together in prayer and belief and support the representatives of our country to do the right thing -- to bring our nation together again and heal it through immigration reform that will be lasting."
House Republicans have agreed to immigration reform in stages. They want to start with border security and citizenship for children who were brought into the United States illegally.
The House's gradual approach puts them at odds with the Senate, which has approved a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.