President Obama's Immigration Overhaul Push Begins

The president talked to Univision about his plans for immigration and gun control.
2:25 | 01/31/13

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We're going to go to washington, where president obama is enjoying his highest polling in four years and pulling out all the stop for his second-term agenda. Immigration and gun control are at the top of both. And jon karl is at the white house with more on what comes next. Good morning, jon. Reporter: Good morning, george. In a foreshadowing of what you expect to hear in the upcoming state of the union address, the president told univision he believes that he can accomplish what many of his allies say is impossible. Immigration reform is something president bush tried and failed to do. Congress hasn't touched gun control in nearly 20 years. But president obama told univision news anchor maria salinas, he believes he can do both of them at the same time. I'm optimistic we can get both done. Both will end up generationing opposition. Reporter: There's opposites, including marco rubio who have said he will work with the Huh he says they must secure the border before securing a pathway to citizenship. The president told univision, he has taken steps to secure the border. We don't want to create some vague prospect in the future that somehow a comprehensive immigration reform, that includes a pathway to citizenship will happen. Reporter: The president acknowledged that gun control will be more difficult than immigration. But on wednesday, an impassioned gabby giffords helped him make the case. Speaking for the first time since a bullet shattered her skull two years ago. It will be hard. But the time is now. You must act. Reporter: Also testifying was THE NRA'S wayne LaPierre, who argued against new gun laws, including requiring background checks for all gun purchases. My problem with background checks is you're never going to get criminals to go through universal background checks. The president has not met with republicans like marco rubio to talk about his immigration plan. But he said in another interview, quote, I'm happy to meet with anybody, anytime, anywhere, to make sure this happens. Jon karl, thanks very much.

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