Mexican President Felipe Calderon addressed two of America’s most contentious political issues during a speech to the U.S. Congress Thursday, asking for a return of the assault weapons ban and blasting Arizona’s controversial new immigration law as a “terrible” endorsement of racial profiling.
Calderon also reminded Americans of their role in the recent eruption of drug-fueled violence along the U.S.-Mexican border, noting the high demand for illegal drugs in the United States. At the same time, he highlighted a series of economic reforms undertaken by his administration, arguing that they are helping to position Mexico for a period of greater growth and social stability.
“Mexico and the United States are stronger together than they are apart,” he told a joint meeting of Congress. “Our economic ties have made both economies stronger. … A stronger Mexico means a stronger United States.”
Calderon is the second Mexican head of state to address Congress in the past decade, following President Vicente Fox in 2001. His appearance came on the heels of Wednesday’s high-profile meeting and state dinner with President Obama at the White House.
The contentious issue of Arizona’s immigration law has been a key issue for Calderon during his U.S. visit. The measure, which will allow law enforcement officers to ask for proof of legal residency of anyone who is being investigated for a crime or a possible legal infraction, has drawn widespread criticism in Mexico.
“I strongly disagree” with the measure, Calderon told members of the House and Senate. “It is a law that not only ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree,” but also introduces the “terrible idea” that racial profiling is acceptable.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon addressed two of America's most contentious political issues during a speech…
by Tactical-Life.com / May 20, 2010