From President Obama to Mexican President Felipe Calderon at this morning’s joint press conference:
“We are defined not by our borders, but by our bonds.”
Mexican President Felipe Calderon seized the opportunity to blast Arizona’s controversial immigration law on Wednesday after President Obama welcomed him to the White House.
Arizona’s law, which takes effect in July, will call for state and local police to determine if people are in the country illegally.
At the start of Wednesday’s state visit to Washington, Calderon said the law discriminated against Mexicans and called for the two countries to work together to develop an immigration policy that did not force people to live in the shadows “with such laws as the Arizona law, which is forcing our people to face discrimination.”
Calderon, whose remarks were translated from Spanish, said “We can do so if we create a safer border — a border that will unite us instead of dividing us.