(ABC News) — As the debt ceiling stalemate continues, President Obama will take a break from the ongoing deficit negotiations today to focus on the Hispanic community when he addresses the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization.

Immigration, a critical issue for Hispanic voters, is expected to be a topic of the President’s lunchtime remarks at the organization’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. In 2008 Obama promised to make immigration reform a top priority in his first year as president, a promise he has been criticized for not fulfilling.

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