Could 2014 finally be the year Congress acts on an immigration reform plan? There is at least some optimism it might get done.
"People had looked at the Republicans as being the stick in the mud that has held up the process--now they're the ones that are moving on it" said the Libre Initiative's Daniel Garza, pointing to signals coming from the GOP's House Leadership, combined with recent polling showing some 45% of Americans are now unhappy with the President's handling of the issue.
However, Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett told 550 KTSA News Republicans have been holding up the process for some time.
"The only thing that prevented that debate last year was the decision by Speaker (John) Boehner to not permit us to act on the floor" Doggett said.
While the GOP Leadership might be talking about passing a plan--one high -ranking Republican on Capitol Hill isn't high on putting the issue on the front burner.
"There are a lot more important subjects like creating jobs, getting our fiscal house in order, reducing the deficit" said Congressman Lamar Smith. He told 550 KTSA News the focus should be clear.
"Let's concentrate on the issues that people care most about--before we get sidetracked on to issues like immigration that most people really don't care about" Smith said.