"The truth is when you add another coalition you can pick up votes. We think it helps us overall," Wilkes says. "But on the other side you have Evangelical Republicans who support immigration reform, but would never vote for it if it included the LBGT piece.
Republican leaders say a plan that did not strengthen border security enough could keep them from endorsing comprehensive immigration reform.
"We do need a complete revitalization of the immigration services. It is a disaster. It is not performing like it should, " Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas told U.S. News last week. "I hope we can get an agreement, but we have to secure the border...otherwise you create another magnet to suck more people in illegally and then you have to do this issue again."