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In immigration news: May Day rallies, conservative activists pressure lawmakers, Latinos and Obamacare, more

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A woman's sign says "We ask for a miracle" on posterboard with the images of recently canonized Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXXIII. There were about 300 people at the corner of Olympic and Broadway in downtown L.A. at noon on Thursday for an immigrant rights march.
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Thousands Join May Day Marches in Downtown LA - NBC News Protesters marched in three rallies for immigration reform Thursday in downtown Los Angeles. The turnout for some was smaller than in previous years, which some protesters chalked up to frustration over a lack of action so far by Congress on immigration reform. Said one attendee: "People lose hope, and they get frustrated with the system. They don't come out anymore. They give up sometimes. They really shouldn't."

Chuck Schumer slams House GOP on immigration - Politico In a speech Thursday, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York "sharply criticized House Republicans on immigration reform...accusing the GOP of stalling an overhaul by handing the 'gavel of leadership on immigration' to outspoken reform critic Rep. Steve King."

Right fights back on immigration - The Hill Conservative activists have kicked off an election-year effort to push GOP lawmakers not to support the Obama administration's immigration goals. From the story: "They are pushing Republican candidates to sign a pledge to oppose three key components of Obama’s reform agenda. In the past week, it has become an issue in several competitive Republican primaries around the country."

Senate approves in-state tuition for undocumented students - Miami Herald The Florida state senate has approved a measure that would allow college students who are in the U.S. illegally to pay in-state tuition at Florida public colleges and universities, rates that are cheaper than non-resident tuition. The bill now returns to the state House for final approval.

Latino enrollment in Obamacare is lagging, data suggests - CBS News According to data from the federal Health and Human Services Department, "just under 11 percent of people who have signed up for health insurance on the federally-run Obamacare marketplace are Latino. The figure suggests the administration fell short in its efforts to communicate about Obamacare to Latinos, who have the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group in the U.S. "

What Would A ‘Frictionless Border’ Between San Diego And Tijuana Look Like? - KPBS A new UC San Diego report advocates what it calls a "frictionless" border that would allow for quicker movement of commercial and pedestrian traffic between the two cities: From the story: "Its authors believe that such a change in diplomatic and economic strategy would enable the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing to greatly accelerate binational economic growth and prosperity, rather than serving as a choke-point of congestion."