LA mayor in Mexico: Obama should cut deportations

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Associated Press

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 5 at 9:33 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The mayor of Los Angeles says U.S. President Barack Obama should cut deportations of migrants and focus resources on the 2 million people in the U.S. who eligible to become U.S. citizens.

Mayor Eric Garcetti says he supports Obama on immigration reform but says the U.S. policy of deportations divides families and communities.

Garcetti spoke to reporters Wednesday during a three-day visit to Mexico City to promote travel and business between Mexico and Los Angeles, his first foreign trip since taking office in July.

He says he recently expressed his opinion about deportation to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.

Garcetti says Mexican officials asked him about the deportations, which have totaled nearly 2 million since Obama took office. But he says the issue didn't hurt his promotional efforts.

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