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People are crowded along the route from the airport hoping to catch a glimpse of President Obama. Some are perched on overpasses to try and snap a photo of the arrival of Air Force One which touched down just after 1:30 pm in Mexico City.
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Many are children who are eager to catch a glimpse of the U.S. President. From the airport President Obama will fly in Marine One to a military base and then he'll take a short drive to a welcome ceremony at Mexico's presidential residence "Los Pinos."
Tiny U.S. and Mexican flags line the route leading to the residence. A group of immigrant children and their families with ties on both sides of the border are among those eagerly waiting for President Obama to arrive. They wiill ask him to stop workplace raids and mass deportations that are dividing U.S. born children from parents who are undocumented workers. The organization of "Mexicans Abroad" will deliver a letter to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City hoping it will make it into the president's hands.
Immigration will no doubt be a topic when presidents Obama and Calderon and their teams meet behind closed doors. However, the joint effort to combat powerful drug cartels who operate on both sides of the border will dominate the talks.
President Obama has pledged to do more to stop the trafficking of weapons -- guns smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico. They go to arm violent drug cartels.
There's a crush of media covering this visit. Our Photographer Hugo Perez is squeezed between dozens of cameras perched on a platform ready to capture video and photographs of the welcome ceremony.
As soon as it's over we're going to talk to some people who turned out to see President Obama. Several are students. It will be interesting to hear their views on race, an often taboo topic in Mexico which is home to several small communities of Afro-Mexicans along "la costa chica" the little coast on the pacific ocean in the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca.