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Viewpoint: Who is Calderon?

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon addressed the U.S. Congress Thursday, blasting Arizona's controversial new immigration law as a "terrible" endorsement of racial profiling.

It is outrageous that a head of state would come here, as an invited guest, and lecture us, on how to run our country.

Arizona's immigration law allows law enforcement officers to ask for proof of legal residency of anyone who is being investigated for a crime or a possible legal infraction.

Maybe those in Congress that applauded Calderon's comments, should actually read the law. This law is a far cry from racial profiling. Also those in Congress who supported Calderon's position, showed their continuing disconnect with what most American's want done, and why so many in Congress will be replaced this November...

The fact is that Americans favor this law in overwhelming numbers. Up to 70% of Americans approve of Arizona's law, and almost that same percentage would approve of their own state passing the same law. We know this all streams from American's frustration at the federal government's failure to secure our own borders.

Calderon said it is the responsibility of both the American and the Mexican governments to repair a "broken, inefficient" immigration system.

We certainly agree here. Congress should pass a comprehensive immigration reform law. But until then, we should demand an absolutely secure border.

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