Texas lawmakers confab with Mexican President Felipe Calderón

Apr 24, 2012

 

By Todd J. Gillman  
Posted Apr. 24, 2012
 
A number of Texas congressmen met Tuesday in Washington with Mexican President Felipe Calderón. 
 
Calderón, according to a statement from his office, emphasized the need to recognize the contributions Mexican migrants have made to the U.S. economy and society. He mentioned the shared fight against the drug cartels. And he offered his own interpretation on the study released this week showing a pronounced decline in immigration -- findings that could shake up the festering debate in this country about illegal immigration. Calderón's explanation: progress in Mexico's own economic and social development have made it less enticing for Mexicans to head north for work. 
 
Calderón also expressed dismay, as he has before, at anti-immigrant measures in Arizona and a handful of other states. 
 
Four of the 14 House members were from Texas: Democratic Reps. Charlie Gonzalez of San Antonio and Henry Cuellar of Laredo , and Republican Reps. Francisco Canseco of San Antonio and Bill Flores of Bryan, all of whom are Hispanic. Gonzalez chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 
 
Calderón also addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In June, he will host the G-20 leaders summit in Los Cabos. 
 
Canseco, whose district spans nearly 800 miles of the Southwest border, said in a statement afterward that he was pleased. The meeting, he said, stressed "the importance to both our nations of working together to resolve the violence in Mexico that is spilling over the border into the United States, and the importance of the trade relationship between our two nations. "