Mexican President Felipe Calderon and El Salvador President Mauricio Funes met to discuss the problem of migrant safety after the massacre of 72 mostly Central Americans migrants at the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
The murdered migrants were crossing Mexico enroute to the U.S. border when they were kidnapped by Los Zetas cartel members. The two President’s created a joint commission to develop strategies to combat the cartels. Funes emphatically stated he was not here to criticize or condemn Mexico and its efforts to styme the cartels and recognized his own country’s responsibility for not having been able to produce enough jobs to keep the migrants in El Salvador.
The Mexican President however, used this occasion to reassert the humane treatment of Mexican migrants in other country’s especially in the U.S. “Of course we have the moral authority [ask for better treatment], because Mexican officials are not shooting Central American youths at the border, but U.S. agents are shooting Mexican migrants,” Calderon said.
He also lay blame on some of the migrant issues on the lack of comprehensive U.S. immigration reform. “If we are talking about responsibility, at the root of this, in the case of immigration, is the lack of immigration legislation in the United States that would recognize this phenomenon,” Calderon said.