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In immigration news: Support for reform on May Day, LA Times drops 'illegal immigrant,' a poll on post-Boston attitudes, more

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Protesters from an LGBT advocacy group prepare to march in Wednesday's May Day rally in Los Angeles. The crowd marching for immigration reform reflected how the reform movement has become more diverse since the historic marches of 2006, with greater involvement from Asian Americans, gays and lesbians, and others who have a stake in the debate.

Showing grass-roots support for immigration overhaul - New York Times May Day marchers calling for immigration reform rallied in cities around the U.S. on Tuesday, from Los Angeles to Chicago to Bozeman, Montana. Crowd were small in comparison with the massive rallies of 2006, but there was optimism among marchers for the reform plans in Congress.

May Day: Thousands gather for immigration reform in Los Angeles - Southern California Public Radio Participants in the main Los Angeles May Day march reflected an immigration reform movement that's become more diverse, with more Asian Americans, gay and lesbian advocates and others with stake in the reform debate adding their voices.

Los Angeles Times updates guidelines for covering immigration - Los Angeles Times The newspaper is the latest news organization to formally announce it won't be using the term "illegal immigrants" in its coverage. The Associated Press dropped it recently. The New York Times announced last week that it wouldn't drop the term altogether, but that staff will be encouraged to be more specific.

Obama en route to Mexico to talk immigration, drug war, economy - ABC News The highlight of President Obama's planned meeting with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto will be the economic relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, but tied in "is a belief that a strong Mexican economy could help alleviate some of the causes of illegal immigration to the U.S."

Poll: Minority say Boston attacks affects immigration debate - CNN Nearly one in four voters in a new poll said the Boston bombings made them change their minds about whether people living in the country illegally should get a pathway to citizenship. But 70 percent said the attack is "not a factor in their personal view about immigration." The two brothers allegedly behind the bombings were born in Khazakstan but came legally to the U.S.

Illegal border crossings rise in south Texas as Congress debates immigration reform - CBS News Border agents in Texas say that a rise in border arrests in the region could be partly tied to talk of immigration reform in Congress. But if it is, these new migrants wouldn't be eligible to benefit from it.

The GOP doesn't need Hispanic outreach - it needs a Hispanic takeover - The Atlantic An essay from historian Geraldo L. Cadava argues that tactics like embracing immigration reform won't necessarily attract Latinos to the GOP unless the party "confronts the discrimination that persists within its ranks...That's why Latino conservatives are plotting a takeover of the party, setting the stage for the next major realignment of Republican politics."

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