October 7th, 2014
06:25 PM ET

Mexico's president talks reform and the immigration debate

Fareed speaks with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto about the legalization marijuana in parts of the United States, structural reforms in Mexico and the immigration debate in the United States. Watch the video for the full interview.

You know, in the United States, when people think about Mexico, still it is immigration that dominates the way they think about it. What do you think when you hear the debate about immigration in Washington?

First of all, I think that the relationship between Mexico and the United States is a lot broader, and sometimes it would be surprising to know the many details of the relationship – the number of daily crossings, legal crossings, every day. About a million people every day, people coming and going from one country to the other, because of work and trade and the trade level that we have, which is so broad, which we will probably talk about.

But when you hear some of the anti-immigrant language, the rhetoric, do you think it's racist?

I think it's discriminatory, yes. And I think it's unfortunate for a country whose formation and historic origin relies so much on the migration flows of many parts of Europe, Asia, for instance. I think this is a country whose origin, to a great extent, is one of migration. And that's why it's unfortunate to hear this exclusionary and discriminatory tone regarding the migration flows into the United States.

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soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. rupert

    @chrissy. Why couldn't we have been born at different times/places and been high school sweethearts. What ashame.

    October 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  2. El ChriSSy

    Ashamed. Yup.

    October 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  3. Cristobal

    The comments on this forum is the reason we should close our borders and help these immigrant wannabees in their own country. Disgusting.

    October 8, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  4. rupert

    @9:53 and 10:04. Have some respect for Fareed. He has a Phd from Harvard. U aint got sh¡T. Stop posting a holes

    October 8, 2014 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  5. rupert

    Our species is on DOA.

    October 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  6. rupert

    @ Ajay. Suk my d ik. Hurry. I'm hard right now. U have pretty lips

    October 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  7. rupert

    Ajay?

    October 8, 2014 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  8. rupert

    So like where is Linda and Ajay?? Hello?

    October 8, 2014 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  9. rupert

    Who needs u two!

    October 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  10. Cristobal

    At least the Mexicans have self respect. They work hard for us. Their food is great. I'll take them anytime. Not those curry eaters with an awful odor.

    October 9, 2014 at 12:08 am | Reply
  11. Ajay

    Be quiet Cristobal.

    October 9, 2014 at 2:43 am | Reply
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini @

    Gotta love Ben Affleck. Great actor. Wonderful human being. Proud of him.

    October 9, 2014 at 2:46 am | Reply
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini @

    Love those nachos with salsa. Can't stand the oily samosas. Never trust people who don't eat meat.

    October 9, 2014 at 2:52 am | Reply
  14. Shinkabe

    The number of people in India that don't have toilets is equal to the combined population of France, Canada, USA and of Mexico, Central America and South America !!! Just imagine the enormity of the problem. India is probably one big mountain of sewage.... literally.

    October 9, 2014 at 7:45 am | Reply
  15. Philip

    Mexico real GDP = 5%
    India real GDP = 2.5%

    Besides I prefer chicken fajitas. Mexicans don't have BO either.

    October 9, 2014 at 7:52 am | Reply
  16. Philip

    Interestingly, India's security apparatus is run by Israel's Mossad and CIA. Mexico won't allow that.

    October 9, 2014 at 9:45 am | Reply
    • Philip

      The results are evident in Mexico's better GDP performance.

      October 9, 2014 at 9:46 am | Reply
  17. Ajay

    @Philip next time try some chaat masala and tell me whay you think.

    October 9, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  18. Ajay

    Poser!

    October 9, 2014 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • Ajay

      Brother we are both hindu rapists from India

      October 9, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  19. Joey Isotta-Fraschini @

    @ the person who is posting all off these absurd comments:
    I beg you to stop.
    You are ruining this forum for those who usually meet here. Please don't completely destroy this for us,
    Joey

    October 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  20. Sky High

    @Blue Saffron @Cristobal et al I tend to agree with your analysis re: Mexico. Well stated logic.
    And fellas thanks for imparting some grown up flavor to these forums. I was rather annoyed at the childish nature of comments being posted prior to by some juvenile bipolar and split personalities. Good riddance. I am sure will appreciate it as well. Cheers!

    October 9, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • Sky High

      I meant ... CNN will appreciate it as well....

      October 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  21. Hannah

    @Sky High your comment reflects my sentiment as well. I hope the quality of exchanges improve and that we can all enjoy these community boards as places of ideas not idle chit chats amongst "self" and kiddish diatribes. See you around.

    October 9, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  22. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    With increasing immigration by another group that speaks Spanish, I hope that more USA citizens will use the opportunity to learn another language.
    My position on the use of Spanish in the USA has evolved over several decades. I once wanted an only-English nation.

    October 9, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      To be honest, the United States has never been an only-English nation. There have always been a plethora of cultures and languages here.
      Personally, I like that.

      October 9, 2014 at 9:19 pm | Reply
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