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Mexican President Felipe Calderon thanked members of Congress on Thursday for their support for Mexico "through very challenging times," but he also challenged them to pass comprehensive immigration reform and to reinstate the American ban on assault weapons, two steps he said would stem the cross-border migration and violence that Calderon admitted are hurting both counties.

The Mexican leader also renewed his criticism of Arizona's recently passed immigration law, which he told lawmakers "introduces the terrible idea that racial profiling is a basis for law enforcement."

Calderon's address to a joint session of Congress followed a full day of pomp and ceremony in Washington, which included an elaborate welcoming ceremony on the White House lawn, joint remarks to the press with President Obama, and a glittering state dinner that featured diplomats, congressional leaders and Hollywood celebrities.

Felipe CalderonBut as Calderon spoke to the assembled members of the House and Senate Thursday, he described a country struggling to overcome obstacles of poverty, organized crime and corruption. Since taking office in 2006, Calderon's presidency has been defined by an aggressive fight against the country's powerful drug traffickers and the gruesome violence that has followed the police crackdown.

He told lawmakers he is fighting crime and reforming the country's banking, health care and education systems with the primary goal of keeping Mexicans, who often seek a better life in the United States, from leaving their country.

"For us, migration is not just your problem. We see migration as our problem as well," he said. "Today, we are doing the best we can do to reduce migration, to create jobs for Mexicans in our own country, where their homes are and where their families are."
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To Mr Calderon: It is not about racial profiling it is about enforcing a law -"illegal" is a key world but being President of Mexico word :law is not probably the most important one in your vocabulary.

June 15 2010 at 6:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

1. The US has laws in reference to immigration.
2. Millions are here illegally.
3. The US government has failed to get tough
4. Arizona has taken a stand
5. Legal citizens are paying for illegals in one form or another
I do not understand, they are coming illegally, it is against the laws of our country, WHY is it continuing?

June 15 2010 at 1:46 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I do not understand why people are having a problem with the law that Arizona has implemented. The state is just doing what the US government should be doing. If we have immigration laws in this country saying that one must enter this country through certain means and millions are coming illegally, why does anyone have a problem with a state standing up and saying NO MORE. We need to understand the drain and strain on the health system, the tax base, and the fact that they are here illegally. GO HOME!

June 15 2010 at 1:39 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

The fact that a foreign President got a standing ovation by our democrats reps and democrat senators, in our own capital building, after he attacked a state of the United States is disgusting. The party in power doesn't have a clue, and the American people will show them their disdain come november. Maybe when they no longer have the majority, then they will wake up, and listen to the people. Probably not, they have ignored the will of the people for 2 years now. They think they were elected to rule us, instead they need to remember they work for us.

June 02 2010 at 10:39 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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