WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Thursday headed to Mexico City to talk trade, security and immigration as he navigates his relationship with his new Mexican counterpart.
The visit is Obama's first across the southern border since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in December. Obama is slated to meet privately with Peña Nieto before holding a news conference Thursday afternoon.
"I'm going to be working to deepen our economic and trade relationships across Latin America, relationships that create jobs and growth here at home, and offer our businesses growing markets where they can sell more American-made goods and services abroad," Obama said in a Rose Garden appearance just before his departure.
The Mexican leader came to office promising broad reforms and a strengthened federal government, and at least one of those changes already has caused friction with U.S. officials. Peña Nieto's administration plans to curb U.S. involvement in Mexico's security operations, raising uncertainty about the future of the close cooperation between the two nations' law enforcement agencies.