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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  1. Cristobal

    Now let me show you a side of prism you haven't seen b'fore. Mexico's real prorated GDP is 1.75X that of India. One has Rio Grande the other Ganges. Now folks reach your conclusions. Mexico is a gem in rough.

    October 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  2. Ajay

    Mexico is much too corrupted to ever have a true centralized body. Victims of violence fear going to the police since some of them belong to gangs. The news media is shut down on reporting gang violence. The court system is weak.
    They are very strict on central and southern immigrants coming north into Mexico, yet the Mexican president expects a free ride into the U.S. for its illegals. And yes, they are ILLEGALS. Someone mentioned that Mexico has good potential. No. I do not think so.

    October 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • Cristobal

      Of course you would disagree. People such as you who originate from India, as your name would suggest, have a distorted view of the world and statistical aberrations. Here is why.

      Just under 140 million households, or roughly 75 % of India’s population lives in a slum, according to data from the latest round of the National Sample Survey Organisation released on Tuesday. The number is significantly higher than the 120 million slum households identified by the Census in 2011.

      Yes, America has a good jurisprudence system. Recall how Khobragade the Indian diplomat was arrested and strip searched and India's famous son Rajat Gupta fined and jailed for criminal activities. You break law you get thrown the book at ya. Ya gotta pay your dues. That is the American way. Glad you like America. Enjoy your stay. Rest assured you will be safe here.

      October 8, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Reply
      • Joseph McCarthy

        @Christobal. You nailed it!

        October 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm |
    • banasie®

      @ajay. Spot on,dude.

      October 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  3. Cristobal

    Thank you @Blue Saffron for elevating the level of discussion on this forum to an intellectual quality.

    October 8, 2014 at 5:26 pm | Reply
    • piankie

      Even though he's a paki terrorist?

      October 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  4. George patton

    Good post Ajay. I agree wholeheartedly.

    October 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  5. stuart

    Yes, Blue Saffron, thank u so much.

    October 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  6. piankie

    I agree with Christobal

    October 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  7. Cristobal

    Thank you all. We finally all agree to agree.
    On that note I am headed to the gym.

    October 8, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • Hannah

      You need to lard ass.

      October 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  8. banasie®

    Break a leg. No pun intended.

    October 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  9. chri§§y

    They do have medication for that multi-personality disorder you have going on. Maybe not in Mexico but they do in the US.

    October 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  10. Blue Saffron

    Thank ya'll for all the attention and hi 5s! I am honored. I will keep on doing my part in keeping these forums clean and flushing out the miscreants. We know who they are and where they are from. In due course, ya'll will see a self confession from them.

    October 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • Blue Saffron

      I'll start with myself if I can get my lard ass through the door. I know all about flushing.

      October 8, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  11. Blue Saffron

    I suggest to the Obama Administration to set a separate desk for Mexico at the State Dept.
    We will chart out a course for Mexicans to attain a much higher standard of living and reverse migration.

    October 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • Blue Saffron

      I suggest we do all we can to help the people of India realize their full potential.

      October 8, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Reply
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini @

        You mean gang rayping. LOL

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

        Fake joey! Fake joey! Drop dead!!!

        October 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm |
  12. banasie®

    I CONFESS. I am Chrissy, Philip, rupert, piankie, Mel, Dazzle, Kenny Rogers, Hannah, Ajay, and Blue Saffron.

    October 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini @

    It would be nice if Indian government cared about its populace and gave it a decent shot at life. These downtrodden poverty stricken people are su kkin wind. We have to take care of our neighbors now, the Mexicans.

    October 8, 2014 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini @

    It would be nice if I weren't such an asshole and didn't steal names. But I AM an asshole and I don't care who knows it.

    October 8, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  15. Rupert

    Now I'm going to get blamed for this.

    October 8, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  16. chri§§y

    What a tool!

    October 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  17. Philip

    The Mexican gov is a corrupt oligarchy. Give it up. About 97% of Mexico's wealth is in the hands of 3% of Mexicans. And is why millions have turned their backs at their beloved Mexico and moved here.
    Now. Compared to US that's about 7% worse than we are, as far as financial/food distribution is concerned. Which ain't all that bad if you think US is good.

    October 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  18. El Conquistador

    Most of this forum smacks of third world trash.

    October 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  19. Philip

    Oh, US is good yo. We waste 40% of our food and one in five of our children go hungry each day. 22% of our kids drop out if HS! And our moat prestigious Ivy League Grad students drop from the 12th to below the 8th grade level.
    Home of the brave.

    October 8, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  20. Philip

    *Third world. Aka yet to be bombed down and gave infrastructures rebuilt by US troop backed corporations.
    So much for El Conquistador dude hiding behind a false s/n. Sort of like Donna @banasy and millions of other spineless cowards.
    No offense, barndaisy© lmao

    October 8, 2014 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • Philupmypockets

      Fuck off, asshole. You wouldn't know bravery if it came and fucked you in you jabbering whiny complaining mouth. Shut up.
      No offense @ actual brave people who you don't have a fucking clue about, PHILIP.

      See? LMAO! Cowardly baby fucker.

      October 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Reply
      • El ChriSSy

        Big guy, eh?

        October 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm |
      • Philupmypockets

        Describing who you had in your ass last night?

        October 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm |
    • banasy©

      I am not offended, Philip, because nothing in your post applies to me.
      It isn't polite to project.

      October 8, 2014 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  21. El Matador


    October 8, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  22. El Sierra Madre with dead bones married to Satan


    October 8, 2014 at 8:28 pm | Reply
    • Philupmypockets

      You talk about others using other sign ins and you do it yourself on a daily basis, you fucking holier than thou hypocrite. Fuck off.

      October 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  23. El ChriSSy

    Holy crap!

    October 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • Philupmypockets

      Did you just discover you're a fag? We all knew! LMAO!

      October 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  24. El ChriSSy

    About 1/3 of US are drug addicts. 75% of our doctors and nurses are. Need I say more.

    October 8, 2014 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • Philupmypockets

      You fucking liar!
      Approximately 1person named Philip is certifiably insane. Proof: read his garbage.

      October 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        Sir, U are the liar as well as a troll. Fk u!!!!

        October 8, 2014 at 9:24 pm |
    • banasy©

      I would like a credible source for this oft-repeated assertion, @Philip.
      Will you finally answer this request? It has been repeatedly made.

      October 8, 2014 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  25. rupert

    Ok. That's it. Too many trolls. I'm calling Orkin

    October 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  26. rupert

    @philip. Ignore the b@$tards talking about u. They suk my cok! As does banasy, the w.h.o.r.e!!!!!

    October 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  27. rupert

    philip is smart, wealthy and knows the oil business. Anyone who talks bad about him is s.t.u.p.I.d.!

    October 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  28. rupert

    Dear CNN,
    I am sorry. I know your journalists and website staff work very hard to run this website.
    I suggest that you bring in a staff to delete some of these co.ck suking a.ss.holes.
    They are from fox or who knows where.

    October 8, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  29. chri§§y

    @ rupert...she never said that sweetie. Read the posts again. And adios all too much guttersnipe talk in here. Nice knowin some of you.

    October 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • El ChriSSy

      Love you @Crri$$y. Lol

      October 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        Grow up.

        October 8, 2014 at 11:43 pm |
  30. El ChriSSy

    Dear CNN. You make US stupid. Thanks.

    October 8, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Reply
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