One of President Barack Obama’s top advisors said immigration will likely be the next issue to be tackled by the administration and will happen very early this year.
David Axelrod also told the Los Angeles Times
that he believes Obama has the country on his side and would be able to get a lot done, at least partially because Americans are tired of the standstill in Congress.
He said he wouldn’t prioritize the list of items Obama mentioned Monday in his inaugural speech as on his radar but that immigration appears to be “gaining importance.”
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With the State of the Union speech only three weeks away, Axelrod did not say whether the president would focus on it when he addresses the joint session of Congress, limiting his comments to “early means early.”
“I expect you’re going to see immigration surface early in the year,” he said. “We have certain immutable deadlines relative to the fiscal discussion, but I do believe he’s going to move quickly on immigration as well.”
After the speech, Axelrod said members of Congress should consider working more with Obama as polls show Americans agree with him on many issues and want to see more get accomplished after the near-gridlock of the last four years.
“I think the country likes this president. I think they support this president. Now he has four years to finish the work he’s begun,” Axelrod said. “We’ve got a foundation on which to build and he has a chance to build on it.”
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