Here is the news that President Obama made on immigration in his interview with the Des Moines Register: He cited immigration reform as his biggest "long-term" priority for a second term if he wins re-election And he plans to tackle it after working to reach a grand bargain on deficit reduction, which he hopes could be accomplished in the first six months of 2013.
Here is the president's quote in its entirety:
"The second thing I'm confident we'll get done next year is immigration reform. And since this is off the record, I will just be very blunt. Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community. And this is a relatively new phenomenon. George Bush and Karl Rove were smart enough to understand the changing nature of America. And so I am fairly confident that they're going to have a deep interest in getting that done. And I want to get it done because it's the right thing to do and I've cared about this ever since I ran back in 2008."
Boom. There it is. It is the answer to Republican nominee Mitt Romney's oft-repeated question, "Where is that immigration bill that Obama promised back in 2008?" It is a heartfelt statement to the Hispanic community that Obama still cares deeply about the issue, even though he has hit roadblocks at almost every attempt to change the current Byzantine system. It is a mildly snarky reminder to Republicans that at least two-thirds of the Latino vote is locked in for Democrats, and is likely to remain so if Republicans cry "amnesty" at every immigration proposal.