Democrats expect President Barack Obama to strike a conciliatory tone on immigration reform Tuesday night when he delivers his State of the Union address, as a sign of good faith after Republican leadership has cracked open the door for a compromise on the issue.
"The president is going to be very respectful to the Republican initiatives to find bipartisan support for immigration reform," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters. "I think you'll see a conciliatory approach."
The issue has been left for dead countless times because House Republicans appear uninterested in taking up the bipartisan comprehensive bill passed by the Senate last year and have shown little urgency in advancing their own preferred piecemeal series of bills. But new reports this week on House GOP leadership's thinking suggest that they might be seriously considering advancing the issue in their chamber.
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