A roundup of all the news you need to know: President Obama reiterates his commitment to immigration reform; feds carry out silent raids in illegal immigration crackdown; and more.
Justice Official: Alabama Immigration Law Is Hurting Students
The recently passed immigration law in Alabama could have devastating effects on Hispanic schoolchildren, according to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, who serves as the head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Since the legislation passed, 13.4 percent of Hispanic children have withdrawn between the beginning of the school year and February, Perez said.
Read more: CNN.com (5/4)
Feds Order Companies to Hand Over Employment Records
As part of increasing efforts to crack down on undocumented workers, the Homeland Security Department ordered hundreds of companies to turn over their I-9 forms for inspection. The so-called silent raids for the forms, which verify an employee's legal right to work in the U.S., included more than 500 businesses.
Read more: The Wall Street Journal (5/2)
Gallup: Stereotypical Catholic Voter Doesn't Exist Anymore
The Catholic constituency appears split down ethnic and racial lines over its preferences in the upcoming presidential election, a Gallup Poll has found. President Obama received the backing of more than 70 percent of Hispanic Catholics, while Republican Mitt Romney was favored strongly by 55 percent of white Catholics.