Obama signals immigration push in first meeting with new Mexican president

President Obama signaled on Tuesday that he would be pursuing an immigration bill in his second term, telling Enrique Peña Nieto, the president-elect of Mexico, that he welcomes his feedback on the proposal.

In his first meeting in the Oval Office with Peña Nieto, which comes on the heels of the election in Mexico, Obama said he would be "sharing" ideas with his Mexican counterpart. Peña Nieto signaled that he would be in support of such a plan.

"We fully support your proposal," Peña Nieto said, speaking through a translator. "We want to contribute. We want to be part of this."

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Obama, who was joined in the Oval Office by Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, signaled a strong bond with Mexico, saying that what happens in the neighboring country "has an impact on our society." He commended outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderón, for establishing an "excellent working relationship" with the U.S., and said he wanted to continue the "close personal and professional relationship" with Mexico.

The president pledged to work with Mexico on border issues along with "regional and global issues," calling Mexico an "important multilateral, multinational partner."

The meeting was part of what Obama called a "long-standing tradition" for Mexican presidents to visit the White House in the days following their election.

“We meet early with the president of Mexico because it represents the close relationship between the U.S. and Mexico,” Obama said before a gaggle of reporters.

He congratulated Peña Nieto on his election and said that Biden would be heading up a U.S. delegation to attend the inauguration next month.

“We only send the vice president to inaugurations if your county is at the very top of the list,” Obama said, as Biden laughed.

The incoming Mexican president invited Obama to Mexico for a state visit. And while Obama didn't commit to a certain date, he said he was "always game" to visit the nation.

“Any excuse to go to Mexico,” he said.