[Said Obama,] "In Mexico, President Calderon has shown great courage in standing up to the traffickers and cartels and we've sped up the delivery of equipment and assistance to support those efforts."
Pena Nieto said “We should set measurable objectives over a determined period of time,” but by almost every “measurable objective” the drug war in America has failed.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who has vigorously prosecuted the violent drug war that is tearing his nation apart, asked Washington to consider “market solutions” to cut drug gang revenues... president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto announced that while he wasn’t for legalization, he wanted to start a discussion on drug policy. Explained Pena Nieto: “I’m in favor of opening a new debate in the strategy in the way we fight drug trafficking. It is quite clear that after several years of this fight against drug trafficking, we have more drug consumption, drug use and drug trafficking. That means we are not moving in the right direction. Things are not working.”
After weighing the risks of traveling to Mexico, the parents of one American teenager decided to allow her to join a school trip to Oaxaca, where students volunteered at an orphanage, visited archaeological sites and sipped vanilla milkshakes on the honey-colored town plaza.The fact that the parents were President Obama and the first lady, Michelle Obama, and that the teenager was their daughter Malia, thrilled Mexican tourism officials, who are trying to redefine the country’s image as it has struggled with drug violence. “It’s a compliment that the daughter of President Obama and her friends have decided to live the experience of Oaxaca,” said José Zorrilla, the state secretary for tourism and economic development
Noting his family’s historic roots in Mexico and his own up-from-nowhere story, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night that President Obama is far superior to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney when it comes to protecting the rights of immigrants.
Villaraigosa told the gathering, which he has chaired for three days, that Obama “is fighting for all of us,”
The trucking ban took effect after Mr. Obama signed legislation containing a provision that ended a pilot program, begun in September 2007, to allow Mexican trucks north of the border. For months, the administration had said it was working to resolve the dispute, but offered little sign of progress. Transportation Department officials emphasized that the proposal was only a “starting point for negotiations”.
The United States has effectively barred Mexican trucks from operating on American roads since March 2009. Mexico said the ban violated the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took effect in 1994, and retaliated by imposing $2.4 billion in punitive tariffs on a wide range of American agricultural and other products imported to Mexico. On Thursday, the United States transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, offered a “concept document” that could help resolve the dispute.
"We don't know if Obama will go, but we will do it because we believe more in his proposal and his support than in that of Romney," Hernández [leader of the Mexican band, Los Tigres del Norte, which announced a concert for the Democrats] said. "Things were not very favorable in the Obama administration, but we have faith that he will honor the things he promised to Latinos."
"Our three nations [Mexico, Canada, and the US] are going to sit down together, go through the books and simplify and eliminate more regulations that will make our joint economies stronger," he said. Obama noted trade among the three neighbors now tops $1 trillion a year, and he wants to see that number rise. "This is going to help create jobs," he said.
[Calderon & Obama] were cordial and complimentary to one another, but did not hide the degree of worry on both sides about a six-year spasm of violence that had killed more than 47,000 people. "It can have a deteriorating effect overall on the nature of our relationship," Obama said. "And that's something that we have to pay attention to."