Mexican Government's response to U.S. immigration reform

"It has the potential to improve the lives of millions"

Mexico. - Mexico's government highlighted today the "importance of this progress" in regards to the approval of the immigration reform that passed yesterday in the U.S. Senate, and reiterated the need to enforce a "shared vision" in this topic.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Jose Antonio Meade, said that the neighboring country, with the passing of this bill, now has "a holistic view to modify the framework that regulates the migration of that country".

"Mexico has been making vows on bringing a shared vision to this important issue" for the links that the Mexican and American societies have, Meade added in a ceremony where students were being honored with scholarship.

The U.S. Senate approved yesterday the most important immigration reform in the U.S. since 1986, which opens a path for the legalization and eventual citizenship for the undocumented population.

"The reform that was passed yesterday has the potential to improve the lives of millions of Mexicans that are currently living in the U.S.," said Meade.

"This will generate a better environment and better legal status for their development, so that their rights are respected, so that they can enhance the very significant contributions that they already do every day, in the communities in which they live," he added.

Meade also stressed the importance on the commercial trade between Mexico and the U.S., "one of the strongest in the world," noting that the border that these two countries share "is traveled across, over a million times every day".

"Every minute of the day we trade more than a million dollars," he said, referring to a trade between the two countries.

"There are few countries that have trade as vigorously as how Mexico has with the United States," he concluded.

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