The word out of Washington is that the Obama administration is gearing up for a January push to get a comprehensive immigration reform bill through Congress.
As soon as the fiscal cliff crisis is resolved, Democrats will be mounting a campaign on social networks to gather support for reform.
President Obama has said that the failure to fix the nation's immigration system was the biggest disappointment during his first term. He wants to capitalize on his momentum from the election to get a bill passed during the first half of next year.
As with the fiscal cliff, the president plans to make his case directly to the people and use Facebook and Twitter to rally support as he did during the election campaign.
Part of his argument will focus on the current high levels of enforcement. According to federal statistics and census data, illegal immigration has fallen sharply while deportations have risen in recent years.
The greatest single factor in driving down illegal immigration has been the sluggish U.S. jobs market. Tougher state laws have encouraged self-deportation, and federal sanctions against employers who hire illegal workers also have driven the numbers down.
The White House believes it can get a deal with Republicans after the beating they took from Hispanic and Latino voters in the election. The key will be getting a vote on a bill in Congress early next year before both parties start positioning themselves for the 2014 elections.