The Spanish-language press covered press conferences by both President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderón yesterday, as the Senate voted down Republican border-security measures being proposed as amendments to a defense bill.
Obama’s press conference. The president spoke about the necessity of immigration reform, called on Republicans to collaborate, defended his decision to send National Guard troops to the border, discussed the inappropriateness of Arizona law SB 1070, and declined to take a position on the Arizona boycott. EFE, Reuters, AFP, La Opinión, and the AP have more on the story.
Calderón reacts. EFE covers Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s reaction to Obama’s decision to send the National Guard to the border. Reuters and EFE report on his demands that the Canadian government reverse its decision to require visas of any Mexican entering the country.