President Barack Obama met with several Latino groups ahead of his trip to Mexico and Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama meets with Latino groups before heading to Mexico, Costa Rica

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has met with Latino leaders ahead of an upcoming trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.

Obama met Monday at the White House with leaders from National Council of La Raza, the National Hispanic Council on Aging and the League of United Latin American Citizens, plus seven other groups. The White House says they discussed economic interests the U.S. shares with Latin American nations, plus progress on poverty and inequality.

Obama also assured the leaders that he’ll make immigration legislation a top priority. A bipartisan overhaul is headed to votes in the Senate Judiciary Committee that would create a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants now in the U.S. illegally.

Obama leaves Thursday for a three-day trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.

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