Washington (CNSNews.com) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon, during his visit to
Prior to going forward with immigration reform in the
“My most serious concern is that bad feelings are growing on both sides of the border,” he added. “The anti-American feeling in
Meanwhile, he said, “the anti-Mexican or anti-Hispanic, or Latino, or immigrant feelings are growing here [in the
“What we need to do is remember each other – that we are neighbors, we are nice, and we are human persons,” said Calderon. “We contribute to each other’s prosperity.”
Unless the public’s perception about immigration, in both countries, changes, “it will be impossible to persuade” people to implement immigration reform, said Calderon.
The Mexican president’s comments were in response to a
Calderon was questioned during a public forum sponsored by the
In answering the student, Calderon said the DREAM Act, which he referred to as “tough comprehensive immigration reform” would have been a good step in the right direction of dealing with illegal immigration in the
The DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act, which failed to pass during the lame-duck session of Congress in 2010, would have allowed young illegal immigrants who have been in the states for at least five years to acquire legal status if they pass background checks, attend college or serve in the military for at least two years.