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In immigration news: Supreme Court rules against Alabama law, sending remittances gets cheaper, 'retro-acculturation,' more

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The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld lower court decisions blocking part of an Alabama state law that would criminalize the harboring and transportation of unauthorized immigrants.

Supreme Court refuses to revive Alabama immigration law - Los Angeles Times The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Alabama may not enforce a provision of a state immigration law that would allow police to arrest people for harboring or transporting unauthorized immigrants. The court ruled 8-1 to uphold lower court rulings stating this is the job of the federal government.

Immigrants find it cheaper to send money home - New York Times Immigrants sending remittances to relatives back home have benefited from "a financial transformation propelled by new technology and increased competition that has driven down the average cost of sending money to Mexico by nearly 80 percent since 1999." This has been a boon to those sending remittances in the recession.

Could immigration reform plan hurt black workers? - NPR Some critics of the recently introduced Senate immigration bill, which includes a plans to bring in foreign low-wage guest workers, say it could negatively affect low-earning black workers in the U.S.

Some are overlooked in US immigration overhaul - Associated Press From the story: "While a Senate bill introduced earlier this month would bring many of the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally out of the shadows, not everyone would benefit. They include anyone who arrived after Dec. 31, 2011, those with gay partners legally in the U.S., siblings of U.S. citizens and many deportees."

For some young Latinos: Donkey jaws and Latino roots - NPR On retro-acculturation, i.e. "second, third and fourth-generation immigrants...seeking out their roots."

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