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Obama meets with Calderon

May 20, 2010

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— President Barack Obama left little doubt Wednesday that his administration will challenge Arizona’s divisive new immigration law, saying the measure “has the potential of being applied in a discriminatory fashion.”

After a private meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon in the Oval Office, Obama denounced the state law cracking down on illegal immigration and also sent a clear message that a review led by Justice Department lawyers is likely to culminate in legal action.

Obama said that “a fair reading of the language of the statute” suggests those who appear to be illegal immigrants could be “harassed or arrested.”

“In the United States of America, no law-abiding person — be they an American citizen, a legal immigrant, or a visitor or tourist from Mexico — should (ever) be subject to suspicion simply because of what they look like,” Obama said.

Mexico is deeply unhappy over the Arizona law, which makes it a crime for immigrants not to carry registration papers. Mexican officials went so far as to issue a travel advisory that warns residents they could face harassment should they visit the state.

Calderon used the news conference to make known his displeasure. Speaking through a translator, he called the law “discriminatory,” adding that he opposes steps that “criminalize migration.”

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ljreader 3 years, 11 months ago

Like Posner, Napolitano, and Holder, I doubt if Obama and co-President Calderon have even read the Arizona law he's "looking into"..

I can understand Calderon wanting us to turn a blind eye to illegal immigration. His country receives a billion bucks a yr from remittances, while Mexico is steadily moving it's border North. The horrible bigots of the US are providing free education, medical care, housing, jobs and incarceration for Mexican nationals. Win win for Mexico.

The next apology I would like to hear from the Obama administration is the one where he apologizes to the American people for not protecting the safety of US citizens from the impact of this foreign invasion and for his refusal to secure our borders.

He acts like he needs 60 votes to do this. He does not. It is already federal law, along with workplace enforcement. Enforcement of these laws and border security were promised to us when we granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in 1986. This part of the promise was never kept- even after 6 more amnesties. Obama is dangling fulfillment of this promise (a long overdue unpaid debt ) as a bargaining chip to gain amnesty for the rest of Mexico.

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

Does 'Calderon' or the Poser have any "Standing" belittling Arizona for enforcing capture of 'Lawbreakers'?

Stimulus, Jihad, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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