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In the news this morning: Rubio's scaled-back 'Dream Act' alternative, hate crimes, Bin Laden widows get immigration penalty in Pakistan, mo

GOP Tries to Woo Hispanics - Wall Street Journal Worried that their immigration rhetoric has alienated Latino voters, Republican leaders are trying several options, including a scaled-back version of the Dream Act that would allow for legal status but not a path to citizenship being developed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

Iraqi-American murder highlights anti-Muslim hate crimes - Reuters While police have not yet labeled it as a hate crime, the recent murder of Iraqi immigrant Shaima Alawdi in El Cajon, Calif. has brought attention to a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment worldwide, and a rise in crimes against Muslims involving religious bias.

Bin Laden widows sentenced to 45 days on immigration law violations - Los Angeles Times In Pakistan, a judge has sentenced Osama bin Laden’s three widows and two of his daughters to 45 days in jail each for entering Pakistan illegally; earlier this month they were charged with entering and living in the country illegally. They're to be deported after completing their sentences.

No need to whisper: Obama yearns for postelection "flexibility" on taxes, energy, immigration - Washington Post Confident about re-election, President Obama is "postponing action on several difficult issues, knowing that Republicans are determined to deny him political victories a few months before their chance to oust him." Among these issues is immigration.

Lawyer: Man May Enter US From Mexico to Bury Son - ABC News According to an immigration attorney, Fidelmar "Fidel" Merlos-Lopez will be allowed to come to the U.S. to bury his 10-year-old son, who died in a house fire in Pennsylvania. Merlos-Lopez, a one-time undocumented immigrant who left the country voluntarily in 2008, was at first barred from returning.

A Die-Hard Conservative, but Not on Immigrants - New York Times A profile of Utah state attorney general Mark L. Shurtleff, who sides with his party on most issues save for immigration. He helped push a measure last year that sought to give state permits to guest workers.

An East LA park designed and cared for by local grandmothers - Southern California Public Radios Meet the Abuelas de Parque, a group of ladies who have assumed care of local park once taken over by gangs. And they do Zumba, too.