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In the news this morning: Court halts seven deportations, crime victims and legal status, a growing Latino electorate, more

Dangerous path to legal status for some immigrants - CNN How policies directing immigrants to travel abroad to apply for green cards, and often wait out an up to 10-year readmission bar if they were here illegally, led to the murder of a U.S. citizen who accompanied his wife to Juarez.

Fed appeals court halts deportation of 7 immigrants, puts new immigration directive to test - The Washington Post The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has halted the deportation of seven immigrants, testing the Obama administration's new prosecutorial discretion guidelines intended to screen out "low priority" deportation cases.

For battered immigrant women, fear of deportation becomes abusers' weapon - The Washington Post Fear of being deported often keeps undocumented victims of domestic abuse silent, but they have rights under the law, including to a special visa that is set aside for crime victims.

Sheriff's Dept. to Miramonte Elementary parents: 'We will not ask their legal status' - Southern California Public Radio Some parents of students at Miramonte Elementary School in South Los Angeles, where two teachers were arrested for committing lewd acts, have been afraid to speak up due to their immigration status. Sheriff's officials say parents won't be questioned about immigration if they report suspected abuse, but may have a hard time convincing them.

Group cites large number of Latinos turning 18 as it projects 12.2M Latino voters in 2012 - The Washington Post The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund is predicting, based on census data, that some 12.2 million Latinos will vote in the November general election, a jump from 2008.

Republicans Target Child Tax Break For Illegal Immigrants - Fox News Some GOP lawmakers are proposing to halt a child tax break for undocumented low-income tax filers, a refund that averages around $1,800.