March 18th, 2009
02:59 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama heads to Mexico next month

President Obama will travel to Mexico next month.
President Obama will travel to Mexico next month.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama announced Wednesday he will travel to Mexico next month to meet with President Felipe Calderon.

Obama last met with Calderon in January, but this is his first time he will visit the Mexican leader as President of the United States.

The president made the announcement during a session with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that the White House described as "robust and strategic meeting" on immigration. During the meeting, he told the lawmakers that he will discuss immigration reform with Calderon, and ways to end Mexico's drug-related violence.

This will be Obama's second international trip as president. He traveled to Canada last month.


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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Fitz in Texas

    Don't hurry back Mr. President!

    March 18, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Allan

    Welcome to Mexico, Mr. President, from an American citizen who lives here. This country needs the help of the United States to combat the threat of organized crime. Those who do nothing but complain simply show their ignorance of their neighbor, and do nothing to solve the problems. And there are plenty of ignorant comments in this blog. Mr. Obama has NOT "traveled more ...than other Presidents." Where do you people get this stuff?

    March 18, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. walleye

    I guess Cheney told Bush not to travel and try to make friends of countries he alienated. At least now we have a Pres. who thinks outside the box and is willing to explore all avenues to a better world. Just be careful drinking the water.

    March 18, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. walleye

    I guess Cheney told Bush not to travel and try to make friends of countries he alienated. At least now we have a Pres. who thinks outside the box and is willing to explore all avenues to a better world. Just be careful drinking the water.

    March 18, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Hopefully the two heads of state discuss putting more border patrol agents on the border. On both sides of the border.

    March 18, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Obamas first trip South Of the Border

    Its about time!!! Here is the leader of the free world who has never been south of the border? What a disgrace.
    Mexico is our neighbor and our President is going for the first time in his life? We have a drug war going on and the president finally makes time to go to Mexico, what a guy?
    If this is the "Change" you voted for, you can keep him...

    March 18, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Democrats want Government Handouts

    I think most of the Pro Obama comments made on this blog are poor lazy democrats who want everything handed to them. As you can see big bailouts and big government do not work. Get a job......

    March 18, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. God Bless America

    Thank You , President Obama for Making America Safer by COMMUNICATING with our neighbors. Mexico is not an enemy. Actually , if new Policy was created to work with Mexico economically the People of Mexico would have less of a need to come to America. President Obama will really make the World a better place to live!!! Pray your success EVERYDAY!!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Don't drink the water!! Unless you drink bottled water.

    March 18, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. rachel

    Isnt Hillary going this week or next week also?

    March 18, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. JJ12345

    I wonder if Obama feels the same as Pelosi in that it is unamerican to enforce immigration laws.

    March 18, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Vivian Cargille

    There's one thing for sure: Obama just must stay in front of the cameras, and travelling abroad when this country needs first-hand attention right now. If I were him, I would leave the country as often as possible, too, so I can later say somebody did it while I was out of the country.

    March 18, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. greg

    international trip,, cnn... ??????????? wow, a walk the border trip.. how int,,, more drugs for the obots... a revolution is in the wind,,, wake up amerika,,, only u can prevent civil war.... truth .. u dont know what that word means ,,, only u can cause civil war......

    March 18, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. L.G. Blanchard

    Mexico is a tremendously strong friend of the USA–and I write that as an American citizen/New Englander whose roots go back before our Revolution. I am very encouraged that President Obama is meeting with his Mexican counterpart, and wish the two men well as they reach into a bag of many old problems and issues between our two great nations.

    March 18, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. steven

    Its about time President Obama does something for a change

    March 18, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Peggy

    Drink the water! Drink a lot of it!!

    March 18, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Anne

    Oh for heaven's sake, if you are going to comment, at least read the article. It is Obama's first visit with the Mexican leader as POTUS. Bush is the one who had only ever traveled to Mexico and nowhere else before becoming POTUS–Obama is well-traveled. What is wrong with you people? Are you so anxious to vilify and criticise that the facts are not relevant?

    March 18, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. CJ

    i think its time to fix our broken border nowww......and obama know how to deal with it so everybody just chill outt and wathch........

    March 18, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Truth

    Brian Crooks – "For the record, the largest number of illegal immigrants to this country is NOT Mexicans......The largest number of illegal immigrants are students from Asia and India that overstay their visas and get good, high-paying jobs as engineers or technical employees after their graduations."

    I don't know where on earth you are getting your figures from, but I'm absolutely sure that there are not 20+ million asian & indian students overstaying their visas; nor are they milking social programs, flooding hospital emergency rooms, making up a large percentage of the incarcerated, etc.

    March 18, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Bea

    We live here in Mexico. Someone by the name of Thomas said that Americans are killed here. Well I do not know how he does know. The ones who get killed are mostly all drug dealers – they do have a big war going on – but yes some innocent people do get killed and we feel bad for all the police and soldiers dying. But don't say that Mexico is a bad place to be or to visit. You have no idea of the wonderful people who live here. You have shootings in the States – do you want everybody to leave LA, Dallas, Chicago, New York. So give us here in Mexico a break. I am glad that President Obama will talk to President Calderon. Both sides need help from the drugs.

    March 18, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. mark l holland

    The President of the United States should not be visiting a country where open combat is occuring.

    March 18, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Mari

    @ PEGGY..... I am sure you are kidding........ since you GOPers are ALL Christians right???

    The vile comments from the far-right are perennial, no matter what the topic is the vile comes out.

    You people, do not get that we, Americans, rejected your vile politics. We are sick and tired of your meanness, your hate, your criticism.

    Our Nation is in a crisis, and you so-called-patriots want our President hurt........... shame on you!

    March 18, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. Rick

    Oh no, how much of our money is Barry going to hand out to Mexico?

    March 18, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Mari

    @ "DEATH OF AMERICA......." Make your case! TELL US WHY Obama should be impeached...... you keep saying "impeach, impeach!"

    WHAT has he done other than become one of the most brilliant presidents in recent history!

    You, GOPers, are such hypocrites.

    March 18, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Democrats want Government Handouts

    Anne your a total idiot.... Do some research before you make ignorant comments. If you actually knew what you were talking about OBAMA HAS NEVER BEEN SOUTH OF THE BORDER? Do you know where that is ANNE?
    Do your homework..And by the way Bush has been to Mexico several times before he was president and while he was president.

    March 18, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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