15 hot-button issues President Obama will face or may try to tackle in his second term

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22 2013 10:01 a.m. MST

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In his inaugural address, President Obama discussed immigration, saying, "Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity — until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country."

Buzzfeed reported on Sunday that comprehensive immigration reform stands atop the Senate's priority bills.

Immigration issues may come down to a battle between parties — not a battle of "do something" vs. "do nothing" — but a battle of which party can do something first.

On Jan. 20, The Hill reported that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is rallying conservatives like Rep. Paul Ryan, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Grover Norquist behind immigration reform. An immigration "Gang of Eight," consisting of Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Mike Lee, R- Utah, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., has also discussed the issue with Rubio.

The Washington Post reported that Rubio and Obama have similar plans for tackling immigration, with Obama asserting that illegal immigrants should have to pay a fine, learn English and clear criminal background checks before "earning" citizenship, and Rubio saying similar steps would earn illegal immigrants interim legal status from which they could later apply for green cards as a path to citizenship.

>> Migrants' rights activists hold signs, one reading in Spanish "Courage, migrants" outside the U.S. embassy onObama's inauguration day, in Mexico City, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Protesters say Obama's administration has failed to address immigration promptly.
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Salt Lake City, UT

I don't really see an issue with Obama and this list.

Obama got majority of the Latino vote with the Dream Act. Something his Republican counter parts refuse to talk about.

Obama secured the LGBT vote by ending DADT and being the first President against DOMA and to publicly support Monogamy for gay Americans.

Obama continues to get the Black vote due to supporting Affirmative action and education for minorities.

Obama decimated Mitt Romney on foreign policy, being the sitting President when the war in Iraq ended, having an exit date for Afghanistan and giving the order to get Osama Bin Laden.

Domestic issues have only been created by the Republican Party. Taxes, the Budget and gun control have been fabricated by Republican Obstruction and the constant gun deaths in America fuel the need for checks at gun shows.

No, I'd say Obama will be just fine.

And the more votes Obama got for his 2nd term, support that.

MiddleofNowhere, Utah

You're right. Obama will do just fine because he will handout a laundry list of promises, which people will believe entirely, and not accomplish a single one, just like the last four years.

Burley, ID

Sorry SS, I have to report a factual error in your statement.

President Obama did accomplish one major promise, it was ObamaCare and like it or hate it, you got to give him his due on that one.

ute alumni
paradise, UT

You're right more takers than makers want obama to continue down this path of destruction.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Obama got millions less votes this time around, and less than 51% of the total this time. There was no mandate in this election. Yet, he believes he is King.

Maurice McBride
Roanoke, VA

It would appear that he is going to make LBJ look like a right-wing conservative.

MiddleofNowhere, Utah

@ Rvalens2,
Ya got me. My bad! Still, just proof that the things he does promise are worthless.

Salt Lake City, UT


Obama got 'less' votes than last time, so that is an indicator that Obama 'lost'?

Who was sworn into Presidential office in 2008 and again in 2012?

Talk is cheap.

And all I am seeing on this story is nothing but personal attacks.

So sad.

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