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In the news this morning: Cinco de Mayo, Secure Communities, 'sanctuary cities' bill, more

Illinois Drops Secure Communities as Fierce Opposition Mounts in Massachussetts, Other States - Fox News Latino Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has announced his intention to drop out of the federal Secure Communities immigration enforcement program. A pending California bill would make it voluntary here.

Cinco de Mayo: Six fun facts about the Fifth of May - What is Cinco de Mayo about? - Christian Science Monitor No, it is not Mexican independence day. Cinco de Mayo marks an outnumbered Mexican army’s victory over an invading French army on May 5, 1862, in Puebla, east of Mexico City.

TX Teacher Suspended After Telling Muslim Student 'I Bet You're Grieving' - Talking Points Memo The male teacher taunted a 9th-grade girl, who is Muslim, over the death of Osama bin Laden, referring to him as her "uncle."

Illegal immigration: In Utah, a lawsuit against new immigration law - Los Angeles Times HB 497 is a milder version of Arizona's controversial statute. The ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center say it violates civil rights as well as federal law.

Lou Barletta offers federal bill on illegal immigration - Los Angeles Times The former Hazleton, Pennsylvania mayor and anti-illegal immigration activist, now a congressman, proposes a bill targeting so-called "sanctuary cities."