Calderón also called for common effort on immigration during the same speech: “For us migration is not just your problem. We see it as our problem as well. My government does not favor the breaking of rules. I fully respect the right of any country to enact and enforce its own laws. But what we need today is to fix a broken system. We favor the establishment of laws that work, and work well for us all. So the time has come for the United States and Mexico to work together on this issue. The time has come to reduce the causes of migration, and to turn this phenomenon into one of legal, ordered and secure flows of workers and visitors. I want to recognize the hard work and leadership of many in the Senate and the House, and of President Obama, who are determined to find responsible and objective answers to this issue. I am convinced that a comprehensive immigration reform is also crucial to securing our common border.
“However, I strongly disagree with the recently adopted law in Arizona. It is a law that not only ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree, but also introduces a terrible idea, using racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement. And that is why I agree with President Obama who said the new law ‘carries a great amount of risk when core values that we all care about are breached.’” (Presidencia 5/20)