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OBAMA TO MEET WITH MEXICAN LEADER

New York Times

WASHINGTON - When President Barack Obama flies across the southern border today to meet with his Mexican counterpart, the most delicate topic on the agenda will be immigration.

For the first time in two decades, Washington appears headed toward an overhaul of immigration laws that will affect the future of millions of Mexicans who have immigrated, legally and illegally, to the United States. But with a bipartisan group of lawmakers seeking to navigate legislation through Congress this month, White House officials are hoping that Mexico's new president, Enrique Pena Nieto, treads carefully in any public comments he makes about the issue.

"We've had a good level of dialogue and have kept each other informed about the process, but we've emphasized on our side that this is a domestic political issue, primarily," said Ricardo Zuniga, a senior official at the National Security Council.

Obama's fourth visit to Mexico as president will include his first extended meeting with Pena Nieto, who assumed office five months ago. After a working dinner tonight, Obama will travel to Costa Rica on Friday to discuss economic, energy and security issues with a gathering of the region's leaders.

Mexico is the centerpiece of the three-day trip, and Obama arrives two weeks after Secretary of State John Kerry referred to the hemisphere as the United States' "back yard," a perceived condescension that set off Mexican commentators and others in Latin America.

There is also a growing sense of friction between U.S. and Mexican law enforcement agencies over Mexico's new restrictions on intelligence sharing. Those tensions could reduce the landmark cooperation on drug investigations reached with the previous Mexican administration.

No furloughs for controllers is law

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to end furloughs of air-traffic controllers. The furloughs stemmed from the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that started taking effect in March. Millions of air travelers were affected recently by delayed flights across the country. The bill lets the FAA transfer around as much as $253 million to prevent staffing reductions through September, when the current budget year ends.

Associated Press

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