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Immigration highlighted in Obama-Calderon meetings

May 19, 2010 |  7:13 am

Obama_calderon President Obama is welcoming Mexican President Felipe Calderon to the White House, where immigration reform is expected to dominate the two leaders' discussions.

Obama and Calderon participated in an arrival ceremony on the White House South Lawn on Wednesday morning and are expected to hold a joint news conference later in the day. Later, Obama will host a state dinner for the Mexican leader.

While immigration long has been a source of tension, the controversial Arizona immigration law threatens to add strain to U.S.-Mexican relations. Calderon has condemned Arizona's law, which makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally. Obama has called the law “misguided” and asked the Justice Department to review it.

-- Associated Press

Photo: Obama and Calderon during the official arrival ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington. Credit: Jim Young / Reuters.