President Obama said in a speech following this re-election that “comprehensive” immigration reform legislation will be on Capitol Hill soon after Inauguration Day. This remark echoes the sentiment when he also said, “I didn’t get re-elected to bask in re-election”. Although the president did not follow through on much immigration policy in his first term, he did enact the “Deferred Action Childhood Arrival” policy where young immigrants meeting certain criteria will not have to face deportation for two years.On the other side of the isle, Marco Rubio said in a speech in Iowa that he wants to see “an immigration law that works”. “Unfortunately conservatives have done an excellent job of defining what we’re against but not a good enough job of what we are for,” he said. In further remarks, he stated, “It’s hard to get people to listen to you… if they think you want to deport their grandmother. Policy matters, too, but rhetoric is important.”It is apparent that the immigration issue will be taken up, probably as soon as 2013. The Hispanic vote went largely for the president, in the past election, and it is likely that the voters will want to see some attention paid to them as a result of their support. Even though the president claims that more illegal immigrants were deported during his first term than ever before, it is not likely that deportation will be at the center of his immigration reform.Also at stake in the immigration discussion is the “fiscal cliff” and the economic condition of the country. Many fewer immigrants have come into the United States during the past four years because there were fewer jobs to come to. Unless the unemployment situation improves, there will be less demand for workers coming in from other countries.Marco Rubio stressed that he does not see raising taxes as a way to boost the economy and create jobs. Asked if he would support a compromise that included tax increases, he said he would not, “vote for anything that’s not a solution”.President Obama reiterated his intent on raising taxes on the top income earners and possibly allowing the Republicans to include the elimination of some tax deductions. These measures deal with the revenue side of the equation. There must also be attention paid to spending cuts if the federal budget is going to be brought into balance.If and when comprehensive immigration reform reaches the floor of Congress, the major issues will be the economy, the path to citizenship for those already in the country, and possible work programs on a go-forward basis.