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Mexico's Former President Addresses Drug Flow, Oil & Gas, Governor Perry During Visit to Midland College

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Midland College brought in a special guest speaker in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day, the former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox.

"How can you explain that this nation, being the most prohibitionist, being the most penalizer of those who consume drugs, is the one who consumes most?" Fox said.

Drug flow in the U.S. is only a sample of Tuesday morning's press conference with Mexico's former president, Vicente Fox.

The oil and gas industry, booming in the Basin is going international.

"Now, Mexico finally ended up with the energy monopoly, with the oil and gas and power monopoly in hands of the state and now it's open for private investment," Fox said.

Fox spoke proudly of the first presidential library, built where he was born and raised in San Cristóbal, Guanajuato, Mexico. It brings in over 75,000 kids each year that come from rural and indigenous communities. To them, he has a strong message.

"You were not born to be poor. You were not born to migrate. You were born to do great things in your life," Fox said.

Fox touched on immigration reform, pushing for congress to process this legislation and he didn't fail to mention Governor Rick Perry.

"Hopefully this nation and this governor in Texas stops building walls, stops bringing national guard. I don't know what's in his mind. I don't know what Governor Perry is afraid of," Fox said.

The question on everyone's mind, after one of the biggest headlines in recent history, the capture of the Sinaloa drug cartel's Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, was it really him?

"Is it El Chapo? I don't know. Well, I suppose yes," Fox said.

Tuesday evening at 7:30, Fox will hold a special lecture series at the Chap Center at Midland College. The event is free to the public.

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