Take Two for February 6, 2013

US debates immigration reform, but Mexico stays silent

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Then president-elect of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto delivers a speech during a conference in the framework of the 'Mexico Business Summit' in Queretaro, Mexico, on November 12, 2012.

Mexico has a lot riding on the outcome of immigration reform in the U.S. Out of the 11 percent of Mexicans who live aboard, most reside in America. Also, remittances from the U.S. to the country accounts for about 2-3 percent of its GDP.

But while it has a lot invested in the immigration debate, Mexico has remained mostly silent.

LA Times reporter Richard Fausset explains that it's politically advantageous for government leaders in Mexico to stay under the radar.


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