Here's what Barack Obama told the Des Moines Register  off the record about his second term agenda:
The second thing I’m confident we’ll get done next year is immigration reform. And since this is off the record, I will just be very blunt. Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community. And this is a relatively new phenomenon. George Bush and Karl Rove were smart enough to understand the changing nature of America. And so I am fairly confident that they’re going to have a deep interest in getting that done. 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.
On TV you will hear a large number of Republican talking heads saying the same thing. But, notice that you will hear 100% of Democrats saying that the Republicans have to do amnesty for their own good. Why are Democrats going out of their way to offer such good advice to Republicans? Because they love the Republicans and can't stand to see them lose elections.
Seriously, I say: Bring it on. Make immigration the first battle of 2013, the way Bush's partial privatization of Social Security got Bush's second term off to such a bad start.