It's very important to address immigration this year and it is my number one domestic priority. What I am concerned about is that, while Republicans are ostensibly in charge, we have yet to sit down and negotiate a compromise in the conference committee. I find that pretty disconcerting.

Funding the border fence is a partial response and what we need is a comprehensive response. You put up a 300-mile fence, and people are going to come around it or they enter the country legally and overstay, which is where 45 percent of illegal immigration comes from.

We need to deal with the work site verification issue, we need to deal with the border security issue, and we need to deal with a temporary worker program that is not a path to citizenship.