Mexican President to Address Congress on Drug Violence, Immigration
Mexican President Felipe Calderon will address Congress on May 19, making this the first appearance of a Mexican president in the Capitol in almost 10 years (former president Vicente Fox visited in 2001). Calderon will discuss drug violence and immigration reform. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced his visit late Wednesday.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a warm welcome to “our neighbor and friend,” looking forward to hearing his views on border towns and organized crime.
“Our countries may be separated by a border, but we share much in common — our values of faith, family, and love of our respective countries,” Pelosi said in a statement, noting that more than 12 percent of Americans are of Mexican ancestry. “Relations with Mexico are of utmost importance to the United States. President Calderon’s address to Congress will provide us with a renewed opportunity to strengthen our bonds of friendship, discuss our shared challenges, and embrace common opportunities.”