May 19th, 2010
12:35 PM ET

Obama: Arizona law a 'misdirected' expression of 'frustration'

[Updated at 12:34 p.m.] President Barack Obama said during a meeting Wednesday with Mexican President Felipe Calderon that Arizona's immigration law is a "misdirected" expression of "frustration."

He said his administration is taking a close look at the law, particularly in terms of its civil rights implications.

[Updated at 12:26 p.m.] U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday during a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon that the two leaders have agreed to work toward a U.S.-Mexico border that is "modern, secure and efficient."

[Posted at 10:23 a.m.] Mexican President Felipe Calderon said at the White House Wednesday that Arizona's controversial new immigration law is causing "our people to face discrimination."

Calderon made his comments during a news conference held with President Barack Obama.

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  1. JWTruth

    U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday during a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon that the two leaders have agreed to work toward a U.S.-Mexico border that is "modern, secure and efficient." TRANSLATION: We will continue to do nothing about the border, but will expend much energy in condemning opponents of illegal immigration.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sydney Australia

    Az frustration is directed correctly at the border.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sydney Australia

    And, jessica @ 12:13 pm – you are the flaming racist.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. LoveAnto

    What about the dang Canadians? We somehow always forget about them. Thought a little humor would help cease the fire

    May 25, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Warren Serkin

    Someone finally woke up Obama. He's sending 1200 National Guard troops to the Arizona border. About time

    May 25, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Warren Serkin

    They arrested an illegal in Washington state for beating and raping a girl. He has been deported 9 times and gotten back in 9 times while committing some crime or another each time. Secure borders my a__.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • tommy

      Give him to the parents of the girl, let justice be served in the old ways.

      May 26, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren Serkin

      I think a little frontier justice is just about what we need at this point. Give the 1200 guardsmen weapons and ammo and let them shoot back at the drug and human smugglers.

      May 27, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lynne

    We, the U.S. has to take drastic measures to remove illegal aliens since they have found so many ways of sneaking into the country. What makes illegals different than any other person committing a crime? If the Mexican President doesn't like it...too bad...This is America, not Mexico. We don't dictate how your laws are enforced, don't try to tell us how to enforce our laws. Better yet, patrol your borders better so so many of your citizens won't enter illegally.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. warren serkin

    Wanna help secure the border. Go here.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. martin

    I can see now that my vote for the President was a misdirected expression of frustration.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      I love this! Or my vote was a "misguided" attempt for change we could count on?

      June 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nacho Country

    Obama, why don't you give Felipe Calderon a BJ when your done pacifying his concerns of his 'oh poor people' in our country. How about he fixes is own country. What are we his landfill.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Knightsix

    Guest worker programs sound touchy-feely, but the money earned is all taken back to the worker's family in another country, NOT spent here in the US. Some of the comments above about racism...the writers are absolutely correct, there is racism involved and it's coming from those opposed to Arizona's upcoming illegal immigrant law. So, posture all you want, thump your chest until the cows come home...and none of it will do a single illegal immigrant any good. This issue has hit a sore spot with Americans of all races, colors, and creeds across the entire USA, and I believe I can safely predict there will be major personnel changes in our political structure come next election day. I am as outraged as Governor Brewer over Clinton's remarks about this issue in a foreign country, before discussing it at home, and Obama's plan to subvert law of our land for political expediency of a minority group will have him checking the 'for rent' ads much sooner than he realizes. Just a thought. Knightsix

    June 22, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
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