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In the news this morning: Alabama and Georgia laws await SB 1070's fate, gunboats to patrol Rio Grande, a mayor tries to stop S-Comm, more

Nation's Toughest Immigration Law Stays Put For Now - NPR A panel of federal judges in Atlanta has decided to put off deciding on lawsuits against state anti-illegal immigration laws in Georgia and Alabama until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Arizona's similar SB 1070. Oral arguments in that case are set for April 25.

Muslims launch campaign to 'understand' Shariah - The Washington Post A Muslim group is launching a campaign aimed at dispelling misconceptions about Islamic law, which has become the subject of "preemptive" laws in several states.

Texas gunboats to patrol Rio Grande border with Mexico - Reuters Texas officials are to begin using six new "interceptor" gunboats to patrol the Rio Grande. The second of the boats was unveiled yesterday; they are similar to the Navy "swift boats" used during the Vietnam War.

Complaints filed about ICE shooter - The Associated Press A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who was recently killed by a fellow agent after shooting his supervisor at work in Long Beach "had been the subject of complaints by immigrant advocates for allegedly using coercive tactics with immigrants after a 2010 raid," according to court papers.

Mayor Prohibits City Police From Enforcing Federal Immigration Law - WBAL Baltimore's mayor plans to sign an executive order "that effectively stops any local enforcement of federal immigration laws." This comes after federal officials announced that the controversial Secure Communities fingerprint sharing program would be implemented in the city.