I think the writer is correct. Obama needs Republican votes on immigration reform legislation and likely won't get them in a second term.
Other immigration news of note:
The National Council of Agricultural Employers had a link to a help map that showed the level of E-Verify compliance required in all 50 states. Check out the map here.
The NCAE also noted the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued this report in September about the H2A program.
The Cato Institute has published a paper outlining the economic case against mandatory e-verify and the restrictions against business in the Arizona immigration law.