Earl Ofari Hutchinson's take on the politics of the day
On Saturday December 1, 2012, Enrique Peña Nieto will be sworn in as Mexico’s new president. President-Elect Peña Nieto this past Tuesday paid a call on President Obama. The meeting was held in the Oval Office and from all appearances, both men got along very well.
The main topic of the discussion was immigration reform. President Obama briefed Peña Nieto on the compromise that is being worked out by both the GOP and Democrats. Peña Nieto also said that like Obama jobs is the key to stem the tide of undocumented Mexicans coming into the country.
Unfortunately this journalist has heard this line before of creating jobs and prosperity from Mexico’s leaders and the results are rather dismal. Everyone from Echevarria Alverez to Calderon have all pledged to do the same thing. It will be seen how serious Peña Nieto is about sitting down with Labor and business towards accomplishing this goal.
The drug wars were also discussed. It is said that Peña Nieto will be asking for more US assistance on the fight to stem the tide on illegal drugs going back and forth between the two countries.
Trade was also discussed and improvements in that area are also expected.
This is the first time in a long while that both countries will inaugurate Presidents within a month of each other.
Peña Nieto also met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
It will be interesting to see how the Obama- Peña Nieto relationship will be between both countries.