Eying the results so far in the U.S. presidential primary
race, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said he is hopeful
that the next administration in Washington will usher in
reforms that would legalize the status of Mexican
"It seems to me that the most radical and
anti-immigrant candidates have been left behind and have
been put in their place by their own electorate," Calderon
told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, the day after the
Super Tuesday primaries.
"My hope is that whoever the next president is, and
whoever is in the new Congress, will have a broader and
more comprehensive view" of the immigration problem.
Calderon said he took heart from the Super Tuesday
results, but did not mention specific candidates, the
Calderon is about to embark on a 5-day U.S. trip that
will end in California, where he is scheduled to meet with
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa and migrant groups.
Calderon said one goal of his U.S. trip would be to
generate support for immigration reform that would permit
millions of Mexican to work in the U.S.
He also told the Times that Americans would "sooner or
later" come to understand that the health of the American
economy is linked to integration with Mexico and "greater
freedom in labor markets."