U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, today released the following remarks following President Calderon's address to a joint session of Congress:
"As neighbors, Mexico and the U.S. must continue to improve relations between our countries for the betterment of our communities -- on both sides of the border," said Alexander. "However, I strongly object to Mexico intervening in our sovereign matters.
"We have every right to enforce measures that protect the American people, and we should be able to do so without international interference.
"Moreover, I was discouraged that President Calderon did not address the illegal flow of immigrants onto American soil in a manner that would deliver concrete solutions.
"For far too long, the United States has had to carry the burden of policing this issue. To the detriment of our citizens, the influx of illegal immigrants has increased crime, such as human and drug trafficking, as well as taken away jobs that would otherwise go to those who are here legally.
"Our countries need to work together to discourage and finally put an end to illegal immigration. This must start with securing our common border."