President Obama, in a recent interview with the Des Moines Register, says he is confident he can pass a compromise immigration bill if he wins a second term.
"I am fairly confident that they're going to have a deep interest in getting that done," Obama told the newspaper. "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."
Obama supports a comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes a path to legal residency for the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the country. The political trade to Republicans in Congress for that would be an increase in security along the U.S.-Mexico border with increased deportations.
The president says he believes Hispanics will go along with enforcement crackdown to get the deal on comprehensive reform. He told the newspaper that if he wins a second term it will be because Republicans "have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community."
Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney went one-on-one over immigration policy in the second presidential debate held at Hofstra University on Oct. 16.