Now more than at any point in his administration does President Obama have the political capital to broker a deal on immigration reform– a key issue among many voters who put him back into office in 2012. Desperately trying to rebrand themselves as an inclusive party, many Republicans have also embraced immigration reform as essential to not only their self-interest, but their survival as a party.
In his State of the Union address, Obama framed his ideas on immigration in a way that crosses the aisle and could pave the way for important legislation. However, there are a number of radicals in Congress who will certainly oppose reform, no matter what shape it takes.
Republican Senator John McCain, whose constituency in Arizona are key players in the immigration reform debate, warned an audience hosted by The Atlantic that negotiations could see push back on a particularly sensitive topic: the issuance of guest worker visas.