President Barack Obama is currently in Mexico for a highly publicized meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. According to NPR, talks about immigration, drug violence, and economic trade are on Obama’s agenda. This is the President’s first trip to Latin America since winning his re-election and his fourth trip to Mexico since his Presidency.
The trip comes just a day after the Pew Research Hispanic Center released a study indicating that a record number of 33.7 million Latinos of Mexican origin resided in the U.S. back in 2012. This includes Mexican-born immigrants and U.S. citizens who self-identified as Mexican. The demographic portrait represents nearly 64% of the total U.S. population.
The President is hoping that improving Mexico’s economy and decreasing the powerful drug cartels will also play a role in the huge immigration overhaul underway. “If the Mexican economy is growing, it forestalls the need for people to migrate to the United States to find work,” said Ben Rhodes, an Obama deputy national security adviser.
During his visit to the White House in November, Nieto expressed his approval of Obama’s goal to establish immigration reform and offer undocumented immigrants a pathway to U.S. citizenship, reported NBC.
Obama is also set to visit Costa Rica after his trip to Mexico, where he will meet with several Latin American political leaders. His political agenda may be a reflection of the 75% of Latino voters who supported him during his reelection campaign, according to exit polls.
Do you think Obama’s trip will change the dynamic between the U.S. and Mexico?