Calderon Bashes Arizona Law at White House

Says his people 'face discrimination'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Suggested by MarionRozelle
Posted May 19, 2010 1:44 PM CDT
Calderon Bashes Arizona Law at White House
President Barack Obama welcomes Mexico's President Felipe Calderon to the White House for an official state visit, Wednesday, May 19, 2010.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Felipe Calderon visited the White House today and used the opportunity to slam Arizona's tough immigration law, ABC News reports. Speaking in Spanish, the Mexican president said he agreed that the immigration issue had to be addressed and the border strengthened. But he decried “such laws as the Arizona law that is forcing our people to face discrimination. If we are divided, we cannot overcome these problems.”

President Obama has previously said that he opposes the law as well. He didn't specifically repeat that today, but he did seem in agreement with Calderon. “Mexican-American families have been here for centuries,” he said, and America has a “proud tradition as a nation of immigrants.” (More Barack Obama stories.)

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