The US President has been attempting to reassure his Mexican neighbour. On the last leg of a Latin American tour, George W. Bush told President Filipe Calderon he will do his best to get immigration reforms passed by Congress. There have been increasing calls for softer rules and a guest worker programme.
Bush said: “I respect your views on migration. Because we’re working together I believe we’ll make good progress.” Mexico has also criticised the building of a fence along their border and called on the US to do more to help tackle drug trafficking. President Bush was greeted by angry demonstrators when he arrived in Merida, similar to those he has faced in the four other countries he visited in the region. President Calderon reportedly told a local newspaper he did not have high hopes for the Bush meeting, and wanted closer ties with Cuba.