LOS ANGELES–The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA – WR) was among a select group of civic and business leaders at a dinner hosted by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to honor Mexican President Vicente Fox.
ANCA – WR Chairman Steven Dadaian attended the May 26 event at the Getty Center Museum and had a chance to brief President Fox about Armenian genocide recognition efforts and urge the President to consider passing such legislation in Mexico.
President Fox–who was on a four-day trip through Utah–Washington–and California–repeatedly stated that Mexico must regulate the migration of its citizens to the US and must bolster its economy so would-be migran’s no longer see leaving as an economic necessity.
In his remarks during the dinner–Mayor Villaraigosa lamented what he called "so much heat and so little light illuminating the debate over the relationship between our two countries."
Addressing the economic ties between the two countries–the mayor said–"Our economy is driven by the labor of Mexican immigran’s."