NEW YORK – Mexico’s Felipe Calderon praised the “powerful” approach taken by U.S. President Barack Obama to emphasize the contribution of immigrants to the U.S. economy and to demand that lawmakers push forward with the approval of immigration reform.
During a meeting with Mexican community leaders from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Calderon said that Obama’s remarks in El Paso, Texas, were “very important and very relevant for everyone” and he congratulated the U.S. leader for the efforts he is making in Congress to achieve broad reform.
“I think it’s a powerful argument that we have to use everything to convince the public of the benefits of this reform. I think that the progress of the U.S. in the 20th century cannot be explained without the work of immigrants,” said Calderon, who arrived Tuesday in New York as part of a three-day visit to the United States to meet with investors, lawmakers and Mexican expats.
“Several studies have shown that the tax contribution (of immigrants) is much greater than what they receive in social services,” said Calderon, who emphasized that “bringing 11 million immigrants out of the shadows, many of them Mexicans, also will be beneficial for U.S. workers.”
Although he said he was pleased that the immigration flow from his country had been reduced over the past decade, Calderon also said that emigration from his country will continue as long as Mexico cannot offer its people the job opportunities they deserve.
“We are focused on that,” he said during the meeting, at which more than 30 community leaders asked for aid for their countrymen in the areas of health care, education and acquiring proper immigration documents. EFE