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Mexico's President Felipe Calderon speaks during an interview in Mexico City Thursday. Calderon rejected U.S. government reports that questioned whether the Mexican government is losing control of its territory to drug cartels.
Calderon to U.S.: Economy first
MEXICO CITY — President Felipe Calderon said Thursday he knows Barack Obama is committed to immigration reform, but that the best thing the American president can do — even for Mexicans — is to fix the U.S. economy.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Calderon said his pragmatism dictates that "the priority right now is to re-establish some kind of order in the economy."
Calderon also said Mexico and the United States need to focus on creating jobs for all of their people rather than on stopping people from crossing borders. He said the economies cannot be separated.
Calderon said more jobs in Mexico will prevent Mexicans from heading north.
"I don’t want to be a president watching, every day, Mexican people trying to cross the border. I don’t want to see in the future my country losing, everyday, the best of our people," Calderon said. "And I say the best of our people, because migrants to the U.S. are the youngest people, the bravest people, the hardest workers, and we need all of them here."