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In the news this morning: Inside a 'civil detention center,' Escondido's driver checkpoints, Russell Pearce to testify before Senate, more

Detention for Immigrants That Looks Less Like Prison - New York Times A tour of a new privately operated "civil detention center" for immigrants in Texas, designed to be less prison-like than the contract facilities typically used. The building has "the feel of a school" with a library and recreation space, according to the story.

California City Accused of "Profiting" from Undocumented Immigrants - Fox News Latino Civil rights groups are accusing officials in Escondido, northeast of San Diego, of profiting from undocumented immigrants via the driver checkpoints the city operates.

Romney's Latino gap puts Arizona in play - The Washington Post On some of the choices the GOP presidential front-runner has made that haven't gone over well with Latino voters, not only regarding his immigration position but with endorsements he's accepted.

Undocumented immigrant becomes Dream Act rallying point - Los Angeles Times Supporters of granting legal status to young people brought here illegally as minors are rallying around Uriel Alberto, a young man who was arrested and placed on deportation hold after publicly declaring his undocumented status in the North Carolina statehouse last month.

Immigration law author to testify in Senate - Politico Former Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, who sponsored the controversial and much-imitated SB 1070 state anti-illegal immigration law, will testify before the Senate’s immigration subcommittee a day before the U.S. Supreme Court is set to take up the federal government's challenge to the measure.