Presidents of U.S. and Mexico Agree on Priorities
POSTED: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 11:52am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 7:49pm
Washington D.C. - Immigration reform dominates private discussions today between President Obama and Mexico President Felipe Calderon.
During a rose garden ceremony, Obama reiterated his commitment to fixing the nation's broken immigration system.
He pledged to work with congress on reform, saying legislation currently being considered "can and should move forward."
The president also said that he and Calderon agree that the Arizona anti-immigration law is "misdirected" and that the Obama administration may sue the state on civil rights grounds...
"For the sake of our shared prosperity and security we discussed the need for immigration that is orderly and safe. And, we acknowledged that both our countries have responsibilities."
"We also discussed the new law in Arizona which is a misdirected effort.. a misdirected expression of frustration of our broken immigration system which has raised concerns in both our countries."
"We're examining any implications, especially for civil rights because in the United States of America no law abiding person, be they an American citizen, a legal immigrant or a visitor or tourist from Mexico should ever be subject to suspicion simply because of what they look like."