WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mexican President Vicente Fox pressed his case for immigration overhaul to Congress on Thursday, urging greater trust between neighbors as the basis for "a new partnership in North America."
Fox told a joint meeting of the Senate and House, "The time has come for Mexico and the United States to trust each other."
"Trust will be essential to achieve our goals," he said.
The charismatic former Coca-Cola executive, on the second day of a state visit, made his case for opening the way for many of the estimated 3 million Mexicans now in the United States illegally to gain legal status.
On Wednesday, Fox had surprised Bush administration officials by surprise by suggesting that immigration overhaul be completed by the end of this year.
He did not mention such a timetable in his remarks.
Sentiment in Congress runs strong on both sides of the immigration issue. And administration officials have suggested it was unlikely that a formula could be worked out by the end of this year given divisions on the amnesty issue in Congress.
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