Calderon Presses Obama, US on Immigration

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, April 16, 2009

Mexican President Felipe Calderon, ahead of a meeting and joint press conference with President Obama, called on the United States to pass an immigration bill as part of a new partnership between the two countries, even as he said Mexico welcomes U.S. business investment.

“Open up the door of hope,” Mr. Calderon said at a ceremony to welcome Mr. Obama for a one-day visit to Mexico before they both go to Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of the Americas, a gathering of the Western Hemisphere’s leaders, this weekend.

For his part, Mr. Obama barely mentioned the thorny issue of immigration other than to praise Mexicans’ cultural contributions and say that one-third of his home town of Chicago is of Mexican origin.

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Mr. Calderon said Mexico needs American investment just as “the United States of America Mexican President Felipe Calderon, ahead of a meeting and joint press conference with President Obama, called on the United States to pass an immigration bill as part of a new partnership between the two countries, even as he said Mexico welcomes U.S. business investment.

“Open up the door of hope,” Mr. Calderon said at a ceremony to welcome Mr. Obama for a one-day visit to Mexico before they both go to Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of the Americas, a gathering of the Western Hemisphere’s leaders, this weekend.

For his part, Mr. Obama barely mentioned the thorny issue of immigration other than to praise Mexicans’ cultural contributions and say that one-third of his home town of Chicago is of Mexican origin.

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Mr. Calderon said Mexico needs American investment just as “the United States of America needs the strength of the Mexican labor force.”

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon, ahead of a meeting and joint press conference with President Obama, called on the United States to pass an immigration bill as part of a new partnership between the two countries, even as he said Mexico welcomes U.S. business investment.

“Open up the door of hope,” Mr. Calderon said at a ceremony to welcome Mr. Obama for a one-day visit to Mexico before they both go to Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of the Americas, a gathering of the Western Hemisphere’s leaders, this weekend.

For his part, Mr. Obama barely mentioned the thorny issue of immigration other than to praise Mexicans’ cultural contributions and say that one-third of his home town of Chicago is of Mexican origin.

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Mr. Calderon said Mexico needs American investment just as “the United States of America needs the strength of the Mexican labor force.”

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