Immigration Key in Obama-Calderon Meetings

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Immigration is at the top of President Barack Obama's agenda as he meets with Mexico President Felipe Calderon in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.

In a ceremony heralding the start of Calderon's visit, Obama reiterated his commitment to fixing the nation's broken immigration system.

Calderon, who is also facing pressure in his own country to get results on immigration reform, joined Obama in calling for the U.S. and Mexico to work together in tackling the controversial issue.

"We can do so if we create a safer border, a border that will unite us instead of dividing us, uniting our people," Calderon said. "We can do so with a community that will promote a dignified life in an orderly way for both our countries."

The immigration issue has heated up in recent weeks since Arizona's governor signed a controversial illegal immigration bill into law. Obama has called the Arizona law "misguided."

Meanwhile, the two leaders are also expected to address escalating drug violence which has affected both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Since 2006, when Calderon launched a military offensive against Mexico's drug traffickers, 22,700 people have been killed.

Acknowledging America's role in the problem, Obama has pledged to work to curtail U.S. drug consumption as well as the flow of guns and money into Mexico.

Other issues to be discussed during Calderon's visit include the economy, climate change, and cross-boarder trucking.

Mexico's president is scheduled to address the U.S. Congress on Thursday.

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