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In the news this morning: Judge blocks parts of So. Carolina immigration law, immigration and the Nativity, Sheriff Joe's woes, more

Parts of Immigration Law Blocked in South Carolina - New York Times A federal judge in Atlanta yesterday blocked key portions of a controversial new South Carolina anti-illegal immigration law, including an SB 1070-style provision empowering local police to check for immigration status.

Was Baby Jesus an Illegal Immigrant? - American Spectator Or were Jesus, Mary and Joseph refugees? An essay exploring the immigration connection that some churches make with the Nativity.

San Diego restaurant owner fined over hiring - CBS News A judge has fined the owner of The French Gourmet restaurant and bakery nearly $400,000 for hiring undocumented workers; such federal prosecutions are rare.

AG's Office Putting Immigration Policy On Hold - Indiana Public Media Indiana‘s attorney general has asked that two lawsuits challenging a state anti-illegal immigration law be put on hold until a decision is made by the U.S. Supreme Court on Arizona's similar SB 1070.

Is Sheriff Joe Arpaio using racial profiling to find illegal immigrants? - Christian Science Monitor A federal judge heard arguments this week in a lawsuit brought by Latino plaintiffs who allege that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is unconstitutionally targeting Latino drivers; federal justice officials recently charged his department with civil rights violations.