Obama to address Latino civil rights group in July

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Posted: Jun 15, 2011 7:40 PM
Obama to address Latino civil rights group in July

The White House says President Barack Obama plans to address this year's conference of the major Hispanic civil rights organization, the National Council of La Raza.

Thousands are expected to attend the gathering in Washington from July 23-26.

The president of NCLR, Janet Murgia, said Wednesday that Hispanics will want to hear from Obama on a range of issues, including those on which he has yet to take action.

Obama has been heavily criticized by some in the Latino community for his failure to move immigration reform, which he promised in his 2008 campaign to tackle in the first year of his presidency.

The president has also drawn criticism for his administration's immigration enforcement efforts, which led to a record number of deportations last year.