Obama to talk immigration, economy with Mexican president - WNCT

Obama to talk immigration, economy with Mexican president

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With the immigration debate heating up in Washington, President Obama is on his way to Mexico where he'll hold talks with the Mexican President later today.

President Obama stepped on to Air Force One bound for Mexico City, where he'll talk immigration and the economy with the US's second largest trading partner. He spoke about the trip in the Rose Garden this morning.

This is the President's first visit to Mexico since Enrique Pena Nieto was elected. The Mexican leader came to the White House after winning office last year.

President Obama is looking for a partner as he promotes sweeping immigration reform back here at home. It includes beefing up border security and a path a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the US illegally.

The White House knows immigration reform and the economy go hand in hand. Illegal crossings along the 2,000 mile border are at a 40-year low, largely due to the improving Mexican economy.

The drug war is on the Mexican President's agenda. He's eager to dial back the broad access his predecessor gave US agencies to fight trafficking and organized crime in Mexico.

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