BOSTON – BOSTON (AP) — The late Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy has been awarded Mexico's highest honor for his lifelong support of immigrants and Mexican-Americans.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon (fay-LEE'-pay kahl-duh-ROHN') on Thursday presented the Order of the Aztec Eagle to Kennedy's widow, Vicki, in Washington, D.C.
The award honors heads of state and other foreign dignitaries for distinguished service to Mexico or to humankind.
Kerry says Kennedy's work as a champion of immigrants made it possible for many Mexican-Americans and others to find new homes in the United States.
Dodd says Kennedy understood the United States and Mexico had to work together on many issues.