Lawmakers, First Lady put faces to SOTU immigration message

NBC Latino

Though no surprises were expected on the immigration front in Tuesday night’s State of the Union, Democrats and the first lady were ensuring the speech had an immigration stamp.

The lawmakers and Michelle Obama made some strategic choices in whom they invited to join them to hear President Barack Obama deliver this year’s speech.

The future of immigration reform, at this point, is in Republican hands. On Wednesday, GOP members head to Maryland’s Eastern Shore for a retreat where House leaders are expected to brief them on general principles guiding the immigration reform legislation they are assembling.

Obama has been giving Republicans some space to work even though he has said previously he supports a path to citizenship for those illegally in the country and the Senate included a 13-year path in its comprehensive immigration legislation.

“We’re all waiting to see what the next move by the Republicans is,” said…

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