Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) and Mexico's President Felipe Calderon toast during a dinner in Rajoy's honor in Mexico City's National Palace April 18, 2012. Rajoy is on a two-day official visit to Mexico. (Photo : REUTERS/Henry Romero)
Mexico's president, Felipe Calderon, met with members of the Mexican community in his visit to Houston, Texas on Wednesday evening.
During the meeting, the Mexican president's address to the crowd touched on topics such as the controversial immigration law in Arizona, the SB1070, to which he commented, "I want to be very clear. We are respectful of U.S. sovereignty. But we have to be firmly against those initiatives that tend to criminalize those that are not committing a crime," according to AP.
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Calderon also made remarks on the report published by the Pew Hispanic Center earlier this week informing that Mexican immigration to the U.S. had virtually reversed.
"This drop shows that more Mexican's are choosing to stay home because the country's economy, education, and health care are improving," he said.
More than 200 people gathered at Ripley House Neighborhood Center to attend an invitation-only event and listen to Calderon but as a matter of fact, several other dozens of people gathered to protest.
According to Click2Houston, protestors who met outside the center hoping to have their voices heard regarding controversial laws in Mexico said, "He's not listening to us. He's not listening to the regular community members. He's just chose the people who's going to be inside with him, and not regular people like me."
"Calderon doesn't want to address issues like rising crime in Mexico and concerns about the border," he continued.
During the one day visit to Texas's largest city, Calderon also met up with local business leaders and Houston's mayor, Annise Parker.