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Mexico's highest honor given to late Sen. Kennedy

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BOSTON (AP) — The late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy has been awarded Mexico's highest honor for his lifelong support of immigrants and Mexican Americans.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Thursday presented the Order of the Aztec Eagle to Kennedy's widow, Vicki, in Washington, D.C.

Kennedy's longtime colleagues, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd, also were present.

The award honors heads of state and other foreign dignitaries for distinguished service to Mexico or to humankind.

Kerry said Kennedy's work as a champion of immigrants made it possible for many Mexican Americans and others to find a new home in the United States.

Dodd said his friend Kennedy understood that the U.S. and Mexico had to work together on many issues.


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