|Obama and Xi Jinping met in Beijing at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, where they discussedtrade agreements and a new commitment to cutfossil fuel emissions.|
Andy Wong, AP
Domestically, President Obama has promised executive action on immigration, a move decried by Republicans and lauded by Democrats, who hope to energize the Hispanic vote ahead of 2016. Speaking while attending the G-20 convention in Brisbane, Australia, he said, “There is a very simple solution to this perception that somehow I'm exercising too much executive authority: pass a bill I can sign on this issue." House leadership has refused to vote on the Senate immigration bill that leads to pathway for citizenship for illegal immigrants. Most Republicans want a plan that is piecemeal, rather than comprehensive, and that does not include a path for citizenship.
Speaker John Boehner has promised to fight the plan "tooth and nail."
Some analysts estimate Obama's executive plan will affect about 5 million illegal immigrants, though the President has been vague on his exact plans.
Internationally, Obama worked to flex his political muscles at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in China earlier this month. In wake of China's attempts to acquire economic dominance in region, the United States and China agreed to cut emissions over the next decades. Current Senate Minority Leader and likely incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the plan "unrealistic." Whether the plan will go into effect as planned is indeed ambiguous as China tries to stabilize its economy amid slowing economic growth.