MEXICO CITY, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday said his administration will continue to press the United States to legalize the status of Mexican immigrants.
"We are going to continue to insist that the commitment to legalize our countrymen be fulfilled," Lopez Obrador told reporters at a press conference in the northern state of Sonora, which shares a border with the United States.
The president lamented that U.S. discussions on immigration reform are currently on hold due to campaigning for the upcoming midterm elections in November, and he called on candidates to avoid "racism" in their drive to garner voter support.
"If a party or candidate thinks they are going to get votes by speaking poorly of Mexicans, then we are going to denounce those actions from here so that our countrymen over there know who is who," he said.
The president recalled that Barack Obama was the first U.S. president to commit to legalizing the status of undocumented immigrants in 2012, when current President Joe Biden was vice president.