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Demonstrators at a Los Angeles May Day rally for immigrant rights in 2009. The last major immigration reform attempts in Congress in 2006 and 2007 drew large crowds of supporters to marches around the country, but these events have grown smaller in recent years.

Advocates hope May Day march focuses on immigrants - Associated Press From the story: "For the past decade, immigrant rights advocates have used the march to push for reform, but the number of people marching has steadily declined since the mid-2000s when Congress last attempted to change immigration law." Last year, anarchists who rioted in Seattle took center stage. A Los Angeles march is among several planned around the country.

Immigration splits senator from mentor - New York Times On a split between Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and former senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who endorsed Rubio early on: "In 2007, Mr. DeMint was instrumental in helping to kill legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, and now, six years later, Mr. Rubio, Republican of Florida, is a pivotal member of a bipartisan Senate group that has written a bill that would do just what Mr. DeMint was fighting to prevent."

Senate bill could give some deportation targets another chance - Southern California Public Radio A provision in the Senate immigration bill would allow some people who have deportation orders to seek provisional legal status. Even a limited number of people who have already left the country could be eligible if they have a clean record and immediate family members who are U.S. citizens or legal residents.

Mexico: Traffickers abandoning immigrants at sea - CNN Mexican naval officials say they have been rescuing about 150 people on average per month who have been stranded at sea, with smugglers leaving them adrift: "As part of the scam, officials said in a statement, traffickers tell the migrants that there has been an equipment failure and promise to return but never do."

With or without overhaul, immigration lawyers in short supply - NPR From the story: "Accompanying any immigration reform will be the need for more immigration attorneys. But even now, immigration lawyers... are struggling to meet the demand."

Even with immigration reform, the era of partisanship isn't over - ABC/Univision Backers of the Senate compromise on immigration reform say their work is a good example of bipartisan cooperation that could signal a new direction for Congress. But there are many other examples of a continuing partisan divide.

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