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The latest news, analysis and debates on immigration reform and policy.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks Oct. 20, 2015, at George Washington University in Washington during a forum honoring the legacy of former Vice President Walter Mondale. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Joe Biden 'disappointed' in Donald Trump over immigration

By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

Vice President Joseph R. Biden said he's "disappointed" with Republican front-runner Donald Trump's handling of immigration. Published October 26, 2015

FILE - This June 18, 2014, file photo, detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection,  processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. Immigration courts backlogged by years of staffing shortages and tougher enforcement face an even more daunting challenge since tens of thousands of Central Americans began arriving on the U.S. border fleeing violence back home. For years, children from Central America traveling alone and immigrants who prove they have a credible fear of returning home have been entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool, File)

Mexican, Central American immigrants lag behind at assimilating into U.S. culture

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

Immigrants overall do rather well at assimilating into the U.S., but there are major differences — particularly for poor Mexican and Central American immigrants, whose families lag behind the kind of integration the U.S. has prided itself on for decades, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a report Monday. Published September 21, 2015

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican and 2016 presidential candidate, addresses the Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 13, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Team Clinton attacks Cruz Iowa ally as anti-immigrant

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign panned Sen. Ted Cruz's decision Monday to welcome an endorsement from one of the GOP's most adamant opponents of illegal immigration, saying it shows how "how extreme and anti-immigrant today's Republican Party has become."

A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas, on June 25, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FIL E**

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio trade jabs over immigration

- The Washington Times

Sparks flew Friday between Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio over the issue of immigration, as the rival 2016 GOP presidential candidates sought to convince voters that they are on the right side of a thorny issue that has become a litmus test for many voters.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton laugh during the CNN Democratic presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) ** FILE **

Sanders, Clinton cheer Obama appeal of immigration case

- The Washington Times

Hoping to cash in on Hispanic voters' support, Democratic presidential candidates pushed President Obama Tuesday to speed an appeal of this week's decision blocking his deportation amnesty, saying they're confident he'll prevail at the Supreme Court.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office during the President's Daily Economic Briefing on July 30, 2009. (White House)

Judges use Obama's own words to halt deportation amnesty

- The Washington Times

A federal appeals court said President Obama's own words claiming powers to "change the law" were part of the reason it struck down his deportation amnesty, in a ruling late Monday that reaffirmed the president must carry out laws and doesn't have blanket powers to waive them.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 3, 2015, following a Senate Democratic policy luncheon. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ted Cruz illegal immigration crackdown blocked by Harry Reid

- The Washington Times

Senate Democrats rejected an effort to push back against sanctuary cities Wednesday, denying a request by Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz to immediately begin debating a bill to impose mandatory minimum federal sentences on repeat-illegal immigrants.

Some pollsters and activists think Donald Trump's lasering in on the economy and his perceived competence in creating jobs will appeal to the one segment of Hispanics that matters most in elections: those who work and tend to vote. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump could win over Hispanics who fear job competition from illegals

- The Washington Times

ANALYSIS: To hear political pundits tell it, Donald Trump has little chance to attract enough Hispanic voters to win the presidency in 2016 because of his plans to build a border wall and deport all illegal immigrants in America. Some pollsters and activists who have whipped up past Hispanic support for Republicans, however, see it differently.

A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas, on June 25, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FIL E**

Surge of illegal children, families accelerates

- The Washington Times

The surge of children and families crossing the southwest border illegally accelerated again in September, leaving fiscal year 2015 the second-worst on record, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Border Patrol.

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez (right) is led into the courtroom by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and Assistant District Attorney Diana Garciaor for his arraignment at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco on  July 7, 2015. More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes, according to a government report released July 13, 2015. The controversy was re-ignited after 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was shot to death while walking on a San Francisco pier and authorities arrested suspect Lopez-Sanchez, who was released from jail in April even though immigration officials had lodged a detainer to try to deport him from the country for a sixth time. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via Associated Press)

San Francisco board votes to keep sanctuary city policy

- The Washington Times

San Francisco officials voted Tuesday to affirm their sanctuary city policy that shields illegal immigrants from being turned over to federal agents, pushing back against the national attention the city garnered after the July death of a woman at the hands of an illegal immigrant.

Father Cameron Faller, of Restorative Justice Ministry, answers questions before a vigil for Kathryn Steinle, Monday, July 6, 2015, on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Steinle was shot and killed on Wednesday, July 1st on Pier 14. Francisco Sanchez was arrested for the shooting. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)

Obama vows to veto sanctuary city crackdown

- The Washington Times

The White House on Tuesday vowed to veto a bill designed to prevent sanctuary city deaths like the July killing of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, saying the solution is to legalize illegal immigrants, not to force cities and counties to cooperate in deporting them.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) ** FILE **

Sanctuary cities data scarce, contested ahead of key Senate vote

- The Washington Times

Kathryn Steinle's death in San Francisco in July has done little to break a years-old stalemate over sanctuary cities, which continue to operate under a haze of complex federal rules, competing court decisions and tricky political recriminations -- but without very much data on either side of the debate.

In this June 20, 2014, file photo, immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally stand in line for tickets at the bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas. The immigrants entered the country through an area referred to as zone nine. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ** FILE **

Border surge children still waiting for court dates; many are no-shows

- The Washington Times

Most of the surge of children caught jumping the U.S.-Mexico border illegally over the past two years haven't even had their cases decided by the immigration courts, leaving them in a legal limbo as states and counties struggle to assimilate them into schools and health care systems, according to a report released Thursday.

Immigrants hold miniature U.S. flags as they listen to a video broadcast from President Barack Obama during a naturalization ceremony attended by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York, in this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Study projects Asians will become largest U.S. immigrant group

- Associated Press

In a major shift in immigration patterns over the next 50 years, Asians will have surged past Hispanics to become the largest group of immigrants heading to the United States, according to estimates in a new immigration study.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat and leading advocate in the House for comprehensive immigration reform, leads a news conference with fellow Democrats on the implementation of President Barack Obama's executive actions to spare millions from immediate deportation on Capitol Hill in Washington on  Jan. 13, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rep. Gutierrez: Trump is top topic among Hispanics

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump is the "number one topic in Latino neighborhoods," a top Hispanic lawmaker said Wednesday as he warned Republicans to put distance between themselves and the billionaire businessman who is seeking Republicans' presidential nomination.

A man climbs the border wall to cross into the United States from Tijuana, Mexico, on Sept. 11, 2008. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Agents say just 40 percent of U.S.-Mexico border under control

- The Washington Times

Less than half of the U.S.-Mexico border is under "operational control," and one out of every five illegal immigrants caught there has a criminal record, the chief of Border Patrol agents' labor union told Congress Wednesday when detailing violence that increasingly spills over the international boundary.

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President Barack Obama speaks to military members and families at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Wrightstown, N.J., in this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Welcome to lawless Obama's America, hombres!

Just when President Obama thought it was safe to show his face in an American courtroom again, in walks John Wayne in a black robe to deliver one of the greatest legal beatdowns ever suffered by a sitting president.

Illustration on the negative impact of Obama's immigration action on black Americans by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Black voters for Obama get nothing but disrespect

- The Washington Times

President Obama discounted November's election results because turnout is lower in midterm than in presidential elections, but there is reason to believe that his treatment of his base contributed to the decision of many Democrats to not bother going to the polls in what everyone recognized as a crucial election.

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**FILE** Illegal immigrants file into a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

U.S. releases illegal immigrants who are sex offenders

- The Washington Times

The news last week that federal authorities had to release 2,837 convicted sex offenders back onto the streets has renewed focus on a Supreme Court case that requires the government to release immigrants whose home countries won't take them back.