Firedoglake’s David Dayen reports on the news that Alabama’s Governor, Robert Bentley, is making noises about changing the state’s harsh anti-immigrant law, which Bentley signed just a couple months ago.

Mitt Romney has taken a hard-line position on immigration reform of late. But, apparently, he’s got a top secret plan to deal with the issue.

Alabama Republicans who pushed through the nation’s toughest law against illegal immigrants are having second thoughts amid a backlash from big business, fueled by the embarrassing traffic stops of two foreign employees tied to the state’s prized Honda and Mercedes plants.

Huge chunks of Alabama’s misguided immigration law already have been put on hold by federal courts, which means those provisions aren’t likely to be upheld as they make their way through the system.

Immigration reform may be going nowhere in Congress, but that hasn’t stopped the volatile issue from heating up the Republican presidential primary in surprising ways. So far, it has severely damaged the once-promising candidacy of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, generated debate over the specter of deadly electric fences at the U.S.-Mexico border, and allowed former House speaker Newt Gingrich to distance himself from the pack.

The Supreme Court will meet behind closed doors on Friday to take a first look at a challenge to Arizona’s strict immigration law and decide whether or not to take up the case. The law, passed in April 2010, is one of several recent attempts by various states to play a more aggressive role in immigration-related matters.

Arizona’s two U.S. senators said Thursday they are concerned about reports of a large number of sex-crime investigations being botched by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office during a three-year period ending in 2007.

Federal prosecutors began a “triage” review of immigration cases this week by initiating an examination of each of the more than 7,800 cases currently pending in Denver’s overloaded immigration courts.

Frank Sharry: “While Newt’s candidacy may still go off the rails, it won’t be because of his immigration position. In fact, his numbers seem to keep going up.”

There are many flashpoints between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney as they battle for the Republican presidential nomination. Most of them are about character or leadership: Who can beat President Obama? Who’s the real conservative?