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Fox Continues US Visit Amid Immigration Senate Debate


Mexican President Vicente Fox is continuing his tour of the western United States that coincides with a debate in the U.S. Senate on immigration reform.

Mr. Fox is addressing a special meeting of the Utah state legislature Wednesday. He then travels on to Washington state, where he is to speak with Mexican laborers.

On Tuesday, at the start of his four-day trip, Mr. Fox told an audience in Utah that building a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border is not the answer to the immigration problem.

The U.S. Senate is considering legislation to strengthen border security, including putting increased fencing along the border. President Bush said last week it makes sense to use fencing in key border areas.

Mr. Fox also heads to California, where he is to meet with that state's governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is Mexican-American.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.