INTRODUCTION: Mexico's President Jose Lopez Portillo arrived in Washington on Sunday (7 June) for talks with President Reagan expected to focus on difficult questions of trade, illegal immigration and foreign policy.
SV Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo down aircraft steps and greeting General Alexander Haig.
CU & LV Cameraman filming as Portillo and Haig walk across tarmac and climb aboard helicopter. (3 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM IN TO CU Mexicans crossing Rio Grande.
CU U.S. policeman helps illegal immigrant under wire fence then handcuffs him.
AV Oil rig in Gulf of Mexico.(3 SHOTS)
GV Fuel storage tanks in Cuban depot.
SV & GV Salvadorean troops marching and others standing in line. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Salvadorean troops in town. (4 SHOTS)
SV & CU Cuban President Fidel Castro applauding from rostrum and speaking to delegates in conference hall. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Mexico's President Jose Lopez Portillo arrived in Washington on Sunday (7 June) for talks with President Reagan expected to focus on difficult questions of trade, illegal immigration and foreign policy. Mr. Reagan was expected to try to end the dispute over the millions of Mexican labourers who enter the United States illegally each year. U.S. sources say he may propose a guest worker programmed which could admit up to 750,000 Mexicans a year.
SYNOPSIS: On his arrival in Washington, President Portillo was greeted by U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig. The Mexican leader and Mr. Reagan were due to start talks next day at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland. The two leaders have already established a warm personal relationship but there are difficult problems to solve. Illegal immigration is one of them and it was thought unlikely that an agreement would be announced immediately after the talks.
About 500 illegal aliens are arrested in El Paso every day. Most of them are turned back but many return next day to try to enter the United States. Their illegal migration is one of the pressures that have hindered a close relationship between the United States and Mexico.
In recent years, Mexico has become the world's fourth biggest oil producer. In return for an agreement on immigration, trade and energy prices, Mr. Reagan wants to buy Mexico's cheap oil. And he hopes President Portillo will reduce his support for left-wing forces in El Salvador and other Central American countries. The Mexicans oppose the Reagan administration's policy of sending military aid to the right-wing government of El Salvador.
President Portillo supports the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and has exchange visits with leftist government leaders, including President Fidel Castro of Cuba.
Mr. Portillo has a friendly relationship with Cuba, but President Reagan says that Cuban policy in Central America is unacceptable. These aspects of foreign policy were expected to cause the most obvious conflict between the two leaders.