Immigration, gun control and Afghanistan pullout: Obama off to fast start
The Kansas City Star
President Barack Obama’s inauguration is a week away, yet already he has picked hot topics to dominate his second term in the White House.
The president plans to push Congress overhaul the immigration system, creating some type of guest worker program in addition to visas and institute a national verification of legal status for new hires. Taking action helping 11 million illegal immigrants is a natural investment for the president’s political capital.
Readying U.S. troops for withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 is another. Obama announced over the weekend that he would speed up the pullout from the 11-year war with U.S. forces taking more of an advisory role letting Afghan troops fight the Taliban-led insurgency.
The president also has targeted gun control in response to recent mass killings, including 20 schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Obama is taking on the National Rifle Association, but he appears to have the public demand for action on his side.