WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama today begins his First
Latin American tour since taking office.
The first stop will be Mexico City and a show of support for
President Felipe Calderon, who's in a desperate struggle with drug
More than 10,000 people have been killed in Mexico in
drug-related violence since Calderon's stepped-up effort against
the cartels began in 2006.
The two leaders will also discuss trade, and the prospects for
reform of U.S. immigration laws in the new administration.
The meeting comes a day after the administration named a new
"border czar" in charge of halting the flow of drugs, guns and
The Mexican visit is a stopover en route to a hemispheric summit
this weekend on the island of Trinidad.