Immigration and Free Trade: U.S. Progress Weak With Canada and Mexico

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President Barack Obama met with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday to discuss a new trade deal, immigration, and a number of other issues — but it seems to have made weak headway. The meeting is being referred to as the “Three Amigos” summit meeting, and agreements were made on easier travel between nations as well as on cooperation for conservation efforts for the Monarch butterfly. But despite all that, the big issues of the day saw only weak results.

The Keystone XL pipeline has been a controversial subject in the United States, and one that Obama has not been eager to jump on board with — a trend that continued at the meeting held in President Nieto’s hometown of Toluca, Mexico. Prime Minister Harper was likely hoping for the President to engage him on the plan, however, Obama passed over the subject, according to the New York Times. As to the massive free trade agreement — which would involve eleven other nations, including Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Japan — Obama did admit that many in Congress, including his own party members, are not on board with the agreement as of yet. “We’ll get this passed if it’s a good agreement,” he said. The issue of immigration went in much the same way, and according to the New York Times, the joint statement agreed upon by all three utilized the word “continue to” no less than eight times — not the most hopeful rhetoric for major action.

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