Perry addresses Latino govt. officials group

June 23, 2011 3:37:47 AM PDT
Gov. Rick Perry is expected to address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials about the growing Hispanic population in Texas. The non-partisan group is holding its national convention in San Antonio. The country's changing demographics, growing educational needs and new sources of energy are the other main topics.

Perry will give the keynote address at noon on Thursday.

Hispanic leaders in Texas have criticized Perry recently for sponsoring legislation that would require voters to produce a photo ID before voting and forcing local law police and sheriffs to enforce federal immigration laws. Critics say these measures will lead to racial profiling of Hispanics.

Hispanics make up 48 percent of the Texas population, and Republicans need their support more and more to win elections in the state.

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