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Obama to Talk Economic Growth With Mexican, Central American Leadersi
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May 02, 2013 12:55 AM
President Barack Obama leaves Thursday for a two-day visit to Mexico and Costa Rica. As VOA’s Kent Klein reports, the president’s meetings with the leaders of Mexico and Central America will focus on strengthening economic ties.

Obama to Talk Economic Growth With Mexican, Central American Leaders

Kent Klein
— President Barack Obama leaves Thursday for a two-day visit to Mexico and Costa Rica. The president’s meetings with the leaders of Mexico and  Central America will focus on strengthening economic ties.

President Obama says economic development will be the main topic when he meets with Enrique Pena Nieto for the first time since the Mexican president took office.

“We have spent so much time on security issues between the United States and Mexico that sometimes I think we forget this is a massive trading partner, responsible for huge amounts of commerce and huge numbers of jobs on both sides of the border,"  he said.

The trading relationship with Mexico is crucial to the U.S. economy, according to analyst Eric Farnsworth at the Council of the Americas.

"$1.4 billion a day crossing the border between our two countries.  That is an extraordinary amount of trade and commerce every single day.  We know that approximately six million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico," Farnsworth said.

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May 02, 2013 4:20 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama is on his way to Mexico, the first leg of a three-day Latin American trip aimed at strengthening trade ties and discussing U.S. immigration reform, security threats and drug trafficking. Before departing the White House Thursday, the president said the main focus of the trip will be to create economic opportunities for Americans.

President Obama plans to talk about expanding the scope of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which since 1994 has lowered trade barriers between the United States, Mexico and Canada.  He also will discuss strengthening regional trade with Europe and the Pacific Rim.

The U.S. and Mexican presidents plan to discuss drugs and cross-border security as well.

“We have made great strides in the coordination and cooperation between our two governments over the last several years.  But my suspicion is that things can be improved,” Obama said.

President Obama's trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.President Obama's trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.
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President Obama's trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.
President Obama's trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.
In Costa Rica, Obama will meet President Laura Chinchilla and other regional leaders. They will also talk about trade and economic development.

“We want to make sure that our hemisphere is more effectively integrated to improve the economy and security of all people," Obama said.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Jim Jones says that while Central American countries are not as economically advanced as Mexico, they are still important for U.S. trade and manufacturing.

"Central America is the least developed of the North America / Central America countries, but they provide a very necessary part of the economic equation if you are competing with China, India, et cetera, et cetera, so they are a very important part of that," Jomes said.

In addition, the president says he hopes his visit to the region will help push immigration reform through Congress.

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May 02, 2013 11:47 AM
When it comes to Barack Obama, one of the most important things to understand is that he is a committed globalist. He firmly believes that more “global governance” (the elite don’t like to use the term “global government”) will make the world a much better place. Throughout his time in the White House, Obama has consistently sought to strengthen international institutions such as the UN, the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO. At every turn, Obama has endeavored to more fully integrate America into the “global community”. Since he was elected, Obama has signed a whole host of new international economic agreements. He regularly speaks of the need for “cooperation” among global religions and he has hosted a wide variety of different religious celebrations at the White House. Obama once stated that “all nations must come together to build a stronger global regime”. If you do not want to live in a “global regime” that is just too bad. To globalists such as Obama, it is inevitable that the United States of America will be merged into the emerging global system. Just this week, Obama has issued a new executive order that seeks to “harmonize” U.S. economic regulations with the rest of the world. This new executive order is yet another incremental step that is pushing us closer to a North American Union and a one world economic system. Unfortunately, most Americans have absolutely no idea what is happening.

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