In his first state visit to Washington, Mexican President Felipe Calderon took a moment out of his two-day trip to award the late Senator Ted Kennedy with the Order of the Aztec Eagle for his long support for immigration. Vicki Kennedy accepted the tribute, Mexico’s highest honor given to heads of state and other foreign dignitaries for service to Mexico or humankind.
“It is an honor to have Vicki Kennedy here today accepting this award on behalf of Ted who was a tireless advocate for immigrants and champion of comprehensive immigration reform,” said Senator John Kerry in a joint statement with Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut to mark the occasion.
Added Dodd: “No one understood better than my friend Teddy Kennedy that the United States and Mexico must embrace the things that unite us and work together to keep both of our nations safe, strong, and prosperous. Teddy knew how much Mexican-Americans contribute to our country.”
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