Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mexican President Visits Sacramento, Discusses Immigration

On a visit to the United States, Mexican President Felipe Calderon was in Sacramento yesterday.  He acknowledged tensions between the United States and Mexico over undocumented immigration, but he stressed that both countries have an interest in ensuring their citizens can cross the border legally and safely. Calderon spoke Wednesday morning to a joint session of the California Legislature. The visit is his first to California since being elected president last year. He said the economies of the two countries are interdependent and, for that reason, there must be shared responsibility for immigration on both sides of the border. Calderon said Mexican and Mexican-American workers are a big reason for California's dynamic economy.

According to Ruben Navarette, President Calderon has been "getting flak [in Mexico] for not being vocal enough in protesting what many Mexicans see as the harsh and unfair treatment of their sons and daughters in the United States."


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