Mexico President Talks Immigration Reform to Congress
POSTED: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 11:13am
UPDATED: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 10:15pm
Washington D.C. - Mexico's President told congress that he strongly opposes a tough new immigration law in Arizona.
Felipe Calderon said Arizona police can now legally use racial profiling to enforce the new law and told congress comprehensive immigration reform is "crucial to securing our common border."
Overall, democrats stood and applauded the remarks while many republicans remained seated with no applause.
The new Arizona law is designed to stem the tide of illegal immigrants into Arizona, most of whom are from Mexico.
Also today, Calderon urged lawmakes to reinstate a ban on assault weapons saying that he respects the second amendment right to bear arms but many weapons are "not going to honest American hands..."
"I strongly disagree with the recently adopted law in Arizona that not only ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree but also introduce a terrible idea using racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement. I will ask Congress to help us with respect and to understand how important it is for us that you enforce current laws to stem this supply of weapons to criminals and consider reinstating the assault weapons ban."
The assault weapons ban expired in 2004 without having been renewed by congress.