Obama to Pitch Immigration Overhaul in Mexico

Jim Kuhnhenn, My Way, May 2, 2013

President Barack Obama is headed to Mexico with a domestic ambition at the top of his travel agenda. To sell his immigration overhaul back home, he needs a growing economy in Mexico and a Mexican president willing to help him secure the border.

Obama was to fly to Mexico City on Thursday to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, eager to promote Mexico’s economic success and the neighboring country’s place as the second largest export market for U.S. goods and services. Mexicans will be hanging on the president’s words, but Obama also has in mind an important audience back in the United States.

Though the role played by Latino voters in last year’s U.S. presidential election gets much credit for the current momentum for changing immigration laws and providing a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally, another reason for the change in attitudes is that stronger border protections and the recession have been disincentives to cross into the U.S. As a result, illegal immigration has declined.

“With Mexico, first and foremost, they are critical to our ability to secure the border,” said Ben Rhodes, an Obama deputy national security adviser. “All the immigration plans that have been contemplated put a focus on securing the border as an essential priority and starting point for immigration reform.”

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Eager to focus on the economy and immigration, the administration is downplaying Pena Nieto’s recent steps to end the broad access Mexico gave U.S. security agencies to help fight drug trafficking and organized crime under his predecessor, Felipe Calderon. Still, the changes are likely to be a subject during the two leaders’ private talks. Obama said this week he wouldn’t judge the new moves until he heard directly from Mexican officials.

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Still, with 33 million U.S. residents of Mexican origin, Obama’s message in Mexico is also bound to resonate in the U.S., where Latinos could increase pressure on Congress to act.

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  • Puggg

    Is he going to hand out food stamp applications while he’s there?

    • Paleoconn

      you jest but he advertises our food stamp programs in Mexico

  • Eagle_Eyed

    I dare anyone to show me a quote of Obama saying something negative about a foreign country or minority group.

    • He has at least implicitly bashed England.

      • Erasmus

        That’s because England was white and made great contributions to the world.

        Since lefties can never rise to the greatness demanded by western culture, they hate it. It’s like the butt-ugly girls in high school who hated any girl who was cuter or smarter than them. So much easier to tear someone or something else down instead of building themselves up.

        • I think Obama bashes England because they once colonized his precious Kenya. Except “Kenya” is nothing more than a geographical construct of British colonialism to begin with.

    • mobilebay

      You may be right, Eagle_Eyed. He saves his disdain for Americans.

    • Paleoconn

      There is a funny video made by a Dutchman I believe, where Obama pretty much repeats that ‘x country punches above its weight’ and ‘American has no greater ally than x country’. Of course he omits to repeat these cliches for Holland which leaves the narrator wondering if he hates them.

      What a fraud this man is. Hip-hop president. He uses a boxing expression to further his bullshit persona that he had a hardscrabble upbringing in Chicago ghettos versus the privileged lifestyle that is his reality. He also caught many games at Kaminsky Field on the south side, as he calls hit. I’d laugh…if him being president wasn’t such a colossal fraud and offense.

  • bigone4u

    Obongo will be protected by a phalanx of security people while mingling with the lovely Mexicans he so adores. If only those of us who must interact with the squat monsters daily could have similar protection. Oh well, if there’s a golf course in Mexico and Obongo finds it, perhaps he will get wrapped up with the little white balls and the big clubs and forget all about official business.

  • The__Bobster

    http://www.vdare.com/articles/in-midst-of-amnesty-debate-obama-off-to-mexico-and-central-america-what-might-he-agree-to-t

    Indeed, Hispanic activists have already prepped Obama for his trip to Latin America:

    On Monday [April 29th], Obama met in the White House with a group of U.S. Latino advocates to discuss the pending trip. He told them that “immigration reform continues to be a top legislative priority this year,“ and that “he is looking forward to talking with Latin American leaders about our vision for the Americas as a region of shared opportunity,” said a White House statement. The invited Latino activists included the heads of La Raza, Fundación Azteca America, MALDEF and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

    [Obama will tout immigration on Latin America visit, By Neil Munro, The Daily Caller, April 30, 2013]

    • mobilebay

      Not one Amren poster invited?

  • dd121

    The politicians in Mayheco openly promote and celebrate the Reconcista. Yeah sure, they’re going to help seal the border.

    • Greg Thomas

      So does obama.

  • mobilebay

    Having Mexico as a trading partner means we send them our money and they send us their people.

    • Non Humans

      Don’t forget the part about our traiterous government sending them our money once they get here, too.

      • blarg

        Heh, the government doesn’t even wait for them to get here to start sending the money.

    • Bossman

      No! They send us a lot of mangoes and papayas and avocados too which are good for you. Trade is good; trade is what makes people prosperous.

      • mobilebay

        Sorry, Bossman. I look for products that say, “Made (or grown) in the USA” at the market or buy locally-grown produce. I want to do business with my country and neighbors first whenever possible. I also want to know my food is safe to eat. As far as trade goes, you can bet that whenever there is an exhange between the US and Mexico, we get the worst of the deal.

      • The__Bobster

        Are THESE good for you?

        http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/04/26/tainted-cucumbers-sicken-more-than-70-people-in-18-states/

        Tainted Cucumbers Sicken More Than 70 People In 18 States
        April 26, 2013 10:45 AM

        WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is
        detaining imports of cucumbers from a Mexican company after they were linked to salmonella illnesses in 18 states.

        The FDA placed the restrictions against Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacán, Mexico. The alert means the United States won’t accept the imports unless the company can show testing that proves the cucumbers are safe.

        The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 73 people may have been sickened by the cucumbers.

        Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within a few days of eating a contaminated product.

        Salmonella can be life-threatening to those with weakened immune systems.

        • Bossman

          Every fruit should be properly peeled before eating and every vegetable should be properly washed and steamed before eating. It doesn’t matter where it comes from, the same precaution should be taken.

          • You could do all that and still get contaminated. I bet the deal with the cucumbers is that Hispanics did their #1 and #2 business in the cucumber fields. That infects the roots with whatever, and the fruits/vegetables get the pathogen. No washing or steaming of the vegetable can get it out.

          • Bossman

            Really?? That is because you don’t know anything about science.

  • Greg Thomas

    America is mexico’s welfare system. Illegal invading mexicans send billons
    in remittances back to mexico each year.Mexico will not give that up. He’s talking to the wrong end of the dog. If he were serious about “securing the border” the 1st Marine Regiment would already be there. We do not need mexico’s permission nor cooperation to defend this country from invasion.

    • Non Humans

      Exactly. Create a “No Man’s Land” and enforce it with lethality and prejudice.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      If Obama were serious about securing the border, it would already be secured. We spend almost $40 billion on that task alone each year. That would be more than enough to secure it if securing it were the real goal.

      • Greg Thomas

        We are getting a poor return on our 40 billion investments.
        I suspect that money is not being spent to secure the border, but rather create more government employees who will not be allowed to do their job. It’s all smoke and mirrors.
        I encounter US Customs agents on a daily basis.
        Virtually all the agents who are under 30 are members of diversity. I do mean
        all. I have yet to see one White male agent under 30. Anchor babies, asians,
        and big black mommas make up the majority of agents. I have little confidence
        in their ability or desire to protect this nation’s ports of entry. It’s simply
        amazing.

        • GeneticsareDestiny

          To the Obama administration, it’s just another good way to bleed money from whitey. The goal for them is to get as much money from whitey as possible, but to also let in as many illegal invading race replacers as they can. They’ve already admitted that they don’t catch even half the illegals crossing the border, and the ones they do catch they just release.

          Their plan seems to be working out well for them, unfortunately.

          • Homo_Occidentalis

            You’re absolutely right that bleeding whitey is the only real purpose of that $40 billion. The money goes to hiring affirmative action mestizo ICE agents to NOT enforce laws. The fox is guarding the chicken coop, and getting paid with a fat government salary and benefits at whitey’s expense.

          • Greg Thomas

            This is exactly right. I come into contact with many of these agents in my line of work. I have yet to see a White male under 30. Virtually every agent is a mestizo anchor baby. Some of them look like they just crossed the border themselves. It’s unbelievable.I have little confidence in their ability or desire to defend out border against their invading raza.

      • Bossman

        A two thousand mile border can never be 100% secure.. Secure borders are those created by nature, such as vast oceans and high mountain ranges. The southern border in some places are just mere lines drawn in the sand after the conquest.

        • You don’t need 100% secure borders to choke the life out of the illegal problem. We spent billions and billions of dollars just to pretend that we could secure the thousands of miles of borders in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why should our country deserve less of an effort than some foreign country that is thousands of miles away?

        • MBlanc46

          If no one were hiring them on this side of the border, they wouldn’t be coming.

        • Greg Thomas

          At this point, I’d settle for 90% secure. Let the military take care of the rest.

    • MBlanc46

      You’re assuming that “this country” wants to be defended against the invasion. While you and I might wish that, it’s pretty clear that the economic and political elite want the invasion. They’re behind it.

  • robinaprichard

    This is all about the continuing integration of the North American continent into one regional territory.

    • Bossman

      What so bad about that if it will makes us richer and more secure? The whole idea of North American integration is to produce a prosperous North America. This was also Ronald Reagan’s idea.

      • Greg Thomas

        Ronald Reagan helped to create this mess. Who cares what he believed.

        • Bossman

          Big old daddy Reagan was a good guy and a real American.

      • The__Bobster

        No, the whole idea is to create a prosperous Mejico at the expense of Canada and America. Also, to turn us into a brown third world nation.

        • Bossman

          When you are talking about the three nations of North America, you should never refer to the United States as America because America is also the name of the continent and it includes Mexico too.

    • Extropico

      They won’t stop with the NAU. The Bushes own a hundred thousand acres in Paraguay.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Oogabooga is campaigning in Mexico because he wants them to vote for this (sorry, Moderator) “stuff”.

  • David Ashton

    If Mexicans are such wonderful, industrious, pious and law-abiding folk, they should stay in Mexico or return there, and build up their own economy.