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President Obama Calls for Strengthened Ties Between US and Mexico

Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post(MEXICO CITY) -- President Obama, ending his two day visit to Mexico, spoke to a crowd of students at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City Friday. He repeated his pledge to pass immigration reform, but said that the two countries need to work together to strengthen the economy and hedge the flow of immigrants into the United States.

"So I've come to Mexico because I think it's time to put the old mindsets aside," said the president to cheers from the audience. "It's time to recognize new realities, including the impressive progress of today's Mexico."

President Obama pitched ideas calling for more security cooperation and economic integration between the U.S. and Mexico, but he emphasized there was no place for a "senior" or "junior" partner in the relationship.

"In this relationship, there's no senior partner or junior partner. We are two equal partners, two sovereign nations. We must work together in mutual interest, in mutual respect, and if we do that, both Mexico and the United States will prosper," he said.

And, he added, the stronger the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, the easier it will be to resolve illegal immigration issues.

"I believe that a long term solution to the challenge of illegal immigration is a growing and prosperous Mexico, that creates more jobs and opportunities for young people here.

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