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President Obama to Speak at Chamizal Park, but Why Chamizal?

Monday, May 9, 2011 - 7:03pm

While the nation anxiously awaits President Barack Obama's speech from the Chamizal National Memorial, one government professor, Leon Blevins, says the President chose Chamizal because of what of its proximity to the border and what the park symbolizes.

"Chamizal is a place right on the front lines of the two nations and we worked out a friendly agreement, a peaceful agreement, over a border dispute without a war in this particular case," Blevins said.

The Rio Grande was established as the dividing line between Mexico and the U.S.
But, nature's toll kept moving the river and changing the border.
Which eventually turned Chamizal into an island of Mexican land that butted into the U.S.

"That festered for over 100 years. When Lyndon Johnson became President he and the President of Mexico at that time, Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, decided to work out an agreement and they signed it in the middle of the bridge here on the Rio Grande River," Blevins said.

Blevins says he believes the President will be speaking on immigration, drugs and our trade with Mexico and he says what better place than Chamizal where a Mexican and a U.S. President settled a century-long dispute peacefully.

"Barack Obama knows the power of the symbols of the presidency and he wants to get some policies adopted in regard to some of these issues I just mentioned. So this is the place to come even know he's only going to be here a very short amount of time," Blevins said.

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