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In the news this morning: Immigrants begin leaving Alabama, nearly half of NYC business owners are foreign born, more

After Ruing, Hispanics Flee an Alabama Town - New York Times Immigrants from Latin America living in Alabama have been packing up and leaving the state since last week, after a federal judge upheld key parts of a new state anti-illegal immigration law deemed the nation's strictest.

Immigrants Own 48% of N.Y.'s Small Businesses - New York Times A census-based study published Monday found that more than 69,000 of New York City's business owners — almost half — are foreign born. They run companies in every economic sector, but are concentrated in certain industries like dry cleaning, taxi services and grocery stores.

Lawyers seek NYPD spy docs as lawmakers duck issue - The Associated Press Civil rights lawyers have asked a federal judge to force the New York Police Department to turn over records about clandestine police programs that monitored daily life in Muslim neighborhoods.

Alabama argues immigration law should stay in place - Attorneys defending Alabama's new immigration law argued in a court filing yesterday that the law should not be delayed pending an appeal. Last Thursday, a day after a federal judge upheld key provisions, a group of 36 plaintiffs asked the court to stay the law until there is an appeals court ruling.

Immigration law author tells farmers: No changes - Houston Chronicle Alabama state Sen. Scott Beason, a Republican supporter of Alabama's stringent new immigration law, told tomato farmers yesterday that he won't change the law. The farmers told him that their crops are rotting in the field for lack of labor and they risk losing their farms.