President Obama arrived in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday for a 24-hour trip to discuss economic competitiveness, security, and immigration reform with President Enrique Peña Nieto.
In their meeting, both leaders affirmed their commitment to promoting a secure and efficient border.
“We’ve seen leaders from both parties indicate that now is the time to get comprehensive immigration reform done,” said President Obama in a press conference alongside President Peña Nieto. “Part of what we discussed is the importance of getting it done precisely because we do so much business between our two countries.”
Despite the words of encouragement, however, immigration reform will be a tough sell for Mexican leaders and U.S. lawmakers. In order to overhaul the system, more security is needed along the border–which could trap migrants from other Latin American countries in Mexico, and create an economic and security crisis there.
Immigration reform isn’t faring much better in the U.S., where a bipartisan group of eight senators created a controversial and sweeping piece of legislation. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, one of the bill’s authors, acknowledged Tuesday that the bill would likely not pass the Republican-led House of Representatives in its current form.
Watch Thomas Roberts discuss immigration reform with Thursday’s Agenda panel: Adam Serwer, of Mother Jones; Timothy Noah, author of, “The Great Divergence;” and Lorella Praeli, of United We Dream.