by Tony Lee 24 Feb 2014, 3:27 PM PDT

One of the top Republican leaders in the House believes it is still possible to pass immigration legislation this year. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the House Republican Conference Chair, sounded more hopeful than other amnesty supporters in the House when speaking to her constituents in Washington state last week.

“I think immigration is still a possibility,” McMorris Rodgers said in Spokane, Washington. “There’s a recognition that we need to fix what is a broken immigration system."

McMorris Rodgers pushed for immigration reform in her response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address and also said that the issue should be a top priority for Republicans in an interview last year with Univision, the Spanish-language TV station.

After the House GOP leadership released their "immigration principles," momentum quickly stalled for the effort after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted it as amnesty. Republican leaders in the House and Senate have since said they would not move forward with immigration reform until they could trust that President Barack Obama will enforce any new immigration law that is potentially enacted.