Addressing the U.S. Congress, Mexican President Felipe Calderon appealed for an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy and tighter rules on assault rifles, reports National Public Radio. Calderon got a warm welcome when he was talking tough about battling Mexico’s drug cartels. Response from legislators split along party lines when Calderon started talking about some of the help he needs from Congress.
Calderon is worried about the flow of guns from the U.S. to Mexico – and he told lawmakers the violence started to increase in his country soon after an assault-rifle ban expired in the U.S. in 2004. “I will ask Congress to help us, with respect, and to understand how important it is for us that you enforce current laws to stem the supply of these weapons to criminals and consider reinstating the assault-weapons ban,” he said. Only the Democrats and the large Mexican contingent stood up to applaud that line. Calderon managed to split the crowd again on the need to fix what he called a “broken” immigration system.