Top Democrats and White House aides are saying that President Obama not only talked about comprehensive immigration reform in his inaugural address Monday, but he will start pushing Congress to agree on a bill and pass it within the next 90 days.
The president said this about immigrants during his second inaugural address: "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."
White House senior adviser David Plouffe made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows this week and had the same message for everyone: "The stars are finally aligned for immigration reform."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, during a recent interview with PBS in Nevada, said that comprehensive immigration reform wasn't just important, it was the most important issue on the Senate's schedule.
"Immigration is our No. 1 item," Reid said. "It's going to be the first thing on our agenda."
It's a significant assessment, considering the White House push to get gun control measures passed and all the looming fights with Republicans over fiscal matters.
The key Republican working on the issue in Congress is Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. The Cuban-American legislator still appears to favor an incremental approach to reform, rather than a comprehensive package of changes.