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

    I know Ajay. You drained me last night.
    I am so exhausted. I called in sick.

    October 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  2. Ajay


    October 8, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  3. rupert

    It's ok.

    October 8, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  4. Ajay

    I love you rupert

    October 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  5. rupert

    I love u Ajay. Very much

    October 8, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  6. banasy©

    TJI revisited.

    October 8, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  7. chri§§y

    Aint it though @ banasy lol. Ya know what i learned today...you ARE what you eat lololololol!

    October 8, 2014 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  8. chri§§y

    Aint that right boyz?

    October 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  9. rupert

    I know u hate me banasy. But I love u. I will always love u. How often do u play with yourself?

    October 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      The other day you posted you couldn't stand me.
      My takeaway from this? Either way, I don't care.

      October 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        @ banasy. I guess I did hate u for a moment. I hated everyone. I hadnt had my Escitalopram for three days. Can't say I'm sorry cause that was not the real me.
        This is the real me. Not all of us have a perfect life and a perfect spouse and great kids. Ok? I was divorced in 1982 and my daughter hates me.
        So give me a little slack please.

        October 8, 2014 at 2:13 pm |
      • banasy©

        Reread my takeaway.

        October 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm |
  10. rupert

    Chrissy. U turn me on. Sxually

    October 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  11. stuart


    October 8, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  12. chri§§y

    WHERE is that industrial strength toilet cleaner @ cnn? Ya better get a 55 gal drum of it cuz youre gonna need it!

    October 8, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  13. rupert

    @chrissy. I have been in love with u since 1999. When can we do it. Soft bed please. I have a sensitive back. Ok?

    October 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  14. chri§§y

    Look up celibant ok. And you never even heard of me in 99. Lying 2nd nature to you eh?

    October 8, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  15. chri§§y

    All kids hate their parents at one stage or another in their lives. Dont you remember when you were a kid? You cant let that control your life. You just do the best you can and it will work itself out eventually.

    October 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  16. Blue Saffron

    Mexico is a miracle waiting to happen. An industrial firepower about to be unleashed.

    October 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  17. chri§§y

    That is unless youve done something unspeakable to her? If not dont sweat it @ rupert.

    October 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      He doesn't have a daughter.

      October 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        @banasy. Hey bi ch. Just becuz your daughter died years ago does not give U the right to say MY daughter does not exist. She does. I am sorry yours died. But don't take it out on us. W.H.O.R.E. fu.k u!

        October 8, 2014 at 9:06 pm |
      • rupert

        What a freaking ass.hole!!!!

        October 8, 2014 at 9:08 pm |
      • rupert

        Where are u banasy. Oh that's right. U are probably taking it up your azz right now by your per.vert husband. Bi..ch.

        October 8, 2014 at 9:39 pm |
      • rupert

        @mel, blue saffran and ajay, fk u too

        October 8, 2014 at 9:42 pm |
  18. Blue Saffron

    I do not appreciate when others steal my ID. I am flattered by the attention but dismayed by the connotations the comments may convey.
    Thank you for your consideration.

    October 8, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • Mexico

      Your comments are hateful, dude. What are the connotations in that?

      October 8, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Reply
      • Blue Saffron

        You don't make sense. If you can't add anything intelligent to the discussion then zip up. Nothing personal.

        October 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm |
      • Mexico

        Not taken personally. HOWEVER, I make perfect sense. I've read your comments and many of them are hateful. I AM adding to the discussion by pointing that out to you, in case you're wondering what people are getting out of your comments.

        October 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm |
      • Cozumel

        Brilliant comment Mexico,thank you.

        October 8, 2014 at 5:27 pm |
      • Crocus

        You nailed it, Mexico!

        October 8, 2014 at 5:29 pm |
      • Baja

        What gets my goat, Mexico, is a right wing thug like flower boy here thinking there's something wrong with our DNA when he is obviously a Tea Partier who have been proven to have low IQ's!!! He is obviously a fan of Sarah Palin's!!!

        October 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm |
      • banasie®

        @mexico. Blue flower boy is obviously a fan of Sarah Palin. Just ignore his childish opinion.
        Thank you for the clarification though.

        October 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm |
  19. Philip

    Mexico is a country ruled by a cruel oligarchy. And is why Mexicans flee north. Duh.

    October 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  20. Philip

    Mexico History Quiz:
    How is it that Mexico gets 8% of the Colorado River for free?

    October 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • Mexico

      Because part of it is IN Mexico?!? Duh.

      October 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Wrong. Guess again.

        October 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
      • Mexico

        You're saying the Colorado River doesn't flow into Mexico?!? Consult a map. You're wrong.

        October 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm |
  21. Blue Saffron

    What is baffling to me is how countries be next to another prosperous nation but lag so much behind. I have to say it is has to do with DNA perhaps.

    October 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  22. Blue Saffron

    I am of the belief that people should stay in their own countries. A new international body needs to evolve to assist these countries turn around. Immigration requires too much sacrifice on both sides. I am against it.

    October 8, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • Hannah


      October 8, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • Hannah

      @Blue Saffron could you draw a parallel between Virginia and West Virginia?

      October 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Reply
      • Blue Saffron

        Yes but in my opinion that is more a DNA issue.

        October 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm |
  23. Blue Saffron

    Mexico has great potential as most other countries. It requires good leadership and a strong determination.

    October 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  24. Blue Saffron

    Folks, just read the past 25 comments ( you can go back if you desire). Most of them are pathetic, irresponsible and irrelevant. If these folks are jobless they should go volunteer. If they are lonely they should join a club. These forums are not avenues to pick up boys or girls.

    October 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • Hannah

      Some very sick people posting here.

      October 8, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  25. chri§§y

    Agree @ Blue Saffron...and there arent even boys and girls posting here. Well except for the one *ahem* adult trolling our user names...the challenged adult. And good one @ Mexico lol.

    October 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  26. Philip

    Who names their kid Blue Saffron anyway. Sheeze.

    October 8, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  27. chri§§y

    Mr. and Mrs. Saffron? Lol

    October 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  28. Mel

    Bunch of sicko morons posting sh!t. Not one single post worth a dam.
    Misfits unemployed fu..ck.ers. all of you.

    October 8, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  29. Hannah

    Nothwitstanding the brilliance of @Blue Saffron's comments, i still don't believe that he has the moral authority to pass judgement on urban mobility. Humans follow opportunities in a capitalist model.

    October 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  30. Sky High

    Agreed Hannah. But such opportunities can be created within every country. That is what Blue Saffron is referring to. However, in order for that to happen a centralized body is needed.

    October 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • Blue Saffron

      Not looking for moral authority. Just your understanding, Hannah. Thanks for your kind words though.

      October 8, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Reply
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