By Enrique Peña Nieto
Perhaps most important is finding new ways to bolster our economic relationship. The United States is already Mexico's largest trading partner. As a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement, these ties have grown to an unprecedented degree. It's a solid foundation to further integrate our economies.
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Above all, our mutual interest lies in our intertwined peoples. More than a million U.S. citizens live in Mexico, and my country remains the largest source of immigrants to the United States. Some detect new momentum for comprehensive U.S. immigration reform. Mexicans would welcome such a development.
Both of our nations are seriously affected by organized crime and drug trafficking. Working against them must be a shared responsibility. I will continue the efforts begun by President Felipe Calderón, but the strategy must change.
I set a goal of slashing violent crime significantly, proposing a sizable increase in security spending, and doing away with redundant police levels. I will improve coordination among crime-fighting authorities, expand the federal police by at least 35,000 officers, and bolster intelligence-gathering and analysis. It is also important that our countries increase intelligence-sharing and crime-fighting techniques and promote cooperation among law enforcement agencies.
I am visiting Washington and President Obama because our nations share a long-standing and important relationship. We must build a more prosperous North America on the basis of an alliance for further competitive and productive integration of our economies.
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