President Calderon, I appreciate your determination to create new opportunities for the people of Mexico. I share your commitment to building an Americas where the poor and the marginalized begin to feel the blessings of liberty in their daily lives. I respect your views on migration. Because we're working together, I believe we will make good progress on this important issue. Together, we're working to ensure that we have a secure and modern border that speeds the legitimate flow of people and commerce, and stop those who threaten our common safety and prosperity.
The United States respects rule of law. But in the debate on migration, I remind my fellow citizens that family values do not stop at the Rio Grande River, that there are decent, hardworking honorable citizens of Mexico who want to make a living for their families. And so, Mr. President, my pledge to you and your government -- but, more importantly, the people of Mexico -- is I will work as hard as I possibly can to pass comprehensive immigration reform."
"...The people of the United States understand that when we help our neighbors build a better life for themselves, we advance peace and prosperity for all of us.
Today, the most important ties between the United States and Mexico are not government to government, they are people to people. These ties include churches and faith-based institutions that serve people on both sides of the frontera. These ties include our colleges and universities, which run important exchange programs for students and teachers. These ties include our businesses with trade with one another and invest in each other's countries. And these ties include the families, who send an estimated $20 billion in remittances each year to their relatives here in Mexico, one of the largest private economic initiatives in the world. These ties are vital and they are growing.
Mr. President, geography has made our countries neighbors, but the choice we've made for each other is a choice for freedom. And that choice has made us friends. I'm honored to be in your country. I'm looking forward to our discussions over the next two days. You've set a very ambitious agenda that is going to require a lot of hard work. But I'm confident that by working together, we'll build a better life and a future of hope for our peoples..."
See: President Bush and President Calderon Participate in Arrival Ceremony: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/03/20070313-1.html
As one can clearly see, President Bush and Mexico President Calderon are in a partnership to bring about initiatives to consolidate the interests of both the US and Mexico. The sharing of ideas, WITHOUT the consent of American citizens. President Bush says above, "The people of the United States understand that when we help our neighbors build a better life for themselves, we advance peace and prosperity for all of us." No, Americans understand that we help people to a certain extent, but we don't invest our whole future and livelihood to make sure another country prospers.