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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Comprehensive immigration legislation - its prospects for passage in the current Congress and its effects on millions of Latinos in the United States - will be prominent among topics at a conference drawing an estimated 25,000 to New Orleans.

It's the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Latino advocacy and civil rights organization.

La Raza vice president Ron Estrada says 5,000 registered participants are expected for the conference that begins Saturday. And 20,000 more people are expected to take part in a related "Family Expo."

Workshop and discussion topics will focus on issues including health, jobs, housing discrimination and pending immigration reform.

The conference ends Tuesday, when First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver a keynote speech.

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