Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) — House Republican leaders will revive the U.S. immigration debate, which has divided the party and hurt their standing among Latino voters, with a set of principles to frame legislation heading into an election year.

The guidelines call for a path to legal status for 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and would provide citizenship for those illegally brought to the country as children, said a House Republican aide who reviewed the document and requested anonymity to speak before it's released.

President Barack Obama, who made revising the law a top priority for his final term, last night urged Congress to "get immigration reform done this year."

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