Obama hosts Mexico for Trade, Security, and Immigration Talks

More than 60,000 people have been killed in Mexico since outgoing President Felipe Calderon began a U.S.-backed military crackdown on drug gangs in late 2006.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama, with Hillary Clinton.

U.S. President Barack Obama is hosting Mexico President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto at the White House.

Obama spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that immigration “might come up” during the Oval Office meeting.


He told reporters the president “believes that comprehensive immigration reform is achievable” and thinks it is “important not just for specific communities that would be affected by it, but for the American economy.”

The Pew Research Center says about 12-million Mexicans live in the United States of America, with more than half lacking legal status.


About 90 per cent of drugs entering the US are believed to be controlled by Mexican drug gangs, who have a presence throughout the USA.

According to the US Department of Justice, Mexican drug gangs make about $39bn in profits a year, with $6.5bn from exports to the US alone.

Boosting economic ties with the United States is expected to be part of Mr. Peña Nieto’s agenda during the talks with President Obama. In an editorial published Friday in the Washington Post, the Mexican president-elect said it is a “mistake” to limit the U.S.-Mexico relationship to drugs and security concerns.

Announcing President Obama’s meeting with Mr. Peña Nieto last week, the White House said the United States remains committed to working with Mexico to increase economic competitiveness, promote regional development, advance efforts to develop a “secure and efficient” 21st century border and address the two countries’ common security challenges. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will also take part in the meeting.

More than 60,000 people have been killed in Mexico since outgoing President Felipe Calderon began a U.S.-backed military crackdown on drug gangs in late 2006.

Mr. Peña Nieto formally takes office on Saturday, after winning July’s presidential election. His Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico for 71 years, will be back in power for the first time in 12 years..

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