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Mexican president faces protest on California trip

California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, greets Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto during a meeting with Mexican-American community leaders and others in Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, greets Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto during a meeting with Mexican-American community leaders and others in Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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Update 1:25 p.m. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was greeted by dozens of protesters in Sacramento, criticizing his country's detention of a U.S. Marine.

About 150 people, many waving American flags or holding signs calling for the Marine to be set free, rallied across the street from the historic Stanford Mansion, where a lunch reception for thepresident was being held on the last day of his two-day visit to the state.

At least three Republican lawmakers rejected the lunch invitation from Gov. Jerry Brown to protest Mexico's incarceration of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been held since April after crossing the border with weapons.

Later Tuesday, Pena Nieto is scheduled to address a joint-session of the Legislature. At an event Monday in Los Angeles, Pena Nieto and Brown addressed the need for immigration reform.

Previously: California governor welcomes Mexican president

Gov. Jerry Brown has welcomed the Mexican president to California by reminding him of the cultural and historical ties shared by the two places.

Brown addressed President Enrique Pena Nieto before a friendly crowd Monday in Los Angeles during a speech that played up his immigrant-friendly credentials.

Brown says it wasn't long ago that another governor had outlawed driver's licenses for people in the country illegally from Mexico. He signed a bill into law that will allow immigrants to get a driver's license next year.

Pena Nieto didn't single out any state by name, but he called out unethical governors who had cracked down on immigration.

Brown says Mexico and California are united for a better future. He spoke of the deep past the two places shared and how California was invested in teaching English to Spanish-speaking students.

Pena Nieto is in the state for a two-day visit and will address the Legislature in Sacramento on Tuesday.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is visiting California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown.

His two-day tour starts in Los Angeles on Monday and comes less than a month after Brown visited Mexico.

The two will address hundreds of Mexican and Mexican-American leaders at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, the governor's office said last week.

On Tuesday, Brown will host a luncheon in the president's honor in Sacramento. Pena Nieto will then address the Legislature at the state Capitol.

There was no immediate word on what Pena Nieto plans to say, but Mexico and the U.S. share concerns about a host of issues, including immigration and pollution. Mexico also is California's largest export market.

During the governor's trip to Mexico last month, he signed nonbinding agreements on trade, education and environmental cooperation.

One calls for a pilot program to educate Mexican temporary farm workers who travel to California about their rights and for the creation of a database of people in Mexico who recruit U.S.-bound, low-skilled workers.

California also agreed to help Mexico find ways to build renewable energy plants in Baja California and to find ways to shorten long waits at the Tijuana-San Diego international border crossing.

This story has been updated.