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President Obama tries to quiet one of three hecklers as he addresses the crowd after meeting with community leaders about the executive actions he is taking to fix the immigration system Tuesday, Nov. 25, in Chicago. (Associated Press)

Obamacare offers firms $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

Under the president's new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare. Published November 25, 2014

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Texas Attorney General and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott speaks against President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration at the Price Daniel Building in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Abbott is again vowing to sue the Obama administration for lifting the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

Abbott: No decision yet on Obama immigration suit

- Associated Press

Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says "odds favor" that Texas will sue the Obama administration over executive actions on immigration but is stopping short of his earlier vow to file a lawsuit.

President Obama's amnesty policy is drawing near-unanimous approval from Hispanics, presenting a problem for Republicans hoping to draw away votes in 2016. (Associated Press)

Obama's amnesty gets 90 percent approval from Hispanics

- The Washington Times

President Obama's move to grant nearly 5 million illegal immigrants amnesty from deportation has united Hispanic voters in an unprecedented fashion, leaving them firmly behind the White House and Democrats and adamant about opposing Republicans' plans to rescind the new policy, a leading pollster said Monday.

The 2010 census gave respondents 14 options for ethnicity, as well as a place to write in another ethnic group with which they identified. Under the two-question set-up, however, respondents only have seven options. (Associated Press)

Ethnic groups wary of proposed 2020 census changes

- The Washington Times

Civil rights groups warned Monday that a possible change to how the Census Bureau asks about race and ethnicity in 2020 would end up clouding the picture more than it helps, and could skew the way the government distributes aid or enforces discrimination laws.

President Barack Obama speaks during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."  (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool) **FILE**

Family-values groups object to Obama's orders on immigration

- The Washington Times

President Obama is selling his unilateral immigration package unveiled last week as, in part, a way to keep millions of families from breaking up. But family-values groups, many of which focus heavily on keeping families together on matters such as refugee and asylum cases for home-schoolers, are rallying around one position: White House usurpation of the issue is wrong.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on his executive action on immigration at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas in this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

Obama denies immigration plan is 'amnesty'

- The Washington Times

President Obama told Americans Saturday that his action granting legal status and work permits to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants is "certainly not amnesty, no matter how often critics say it."

President Barack Obama signs two presidential memoranda associated with his actions on immigration in his office, on Air Force One as he arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The president will travel to Del Sol High School to speaks about the steps he will be taking on immigration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama formally signs immigration executive action

- The Washington Times

Upon landing in Las Vegas Friday afternoon, President Obama officially signed two memoranda to carry out his executive actions granting legal status and work permits to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants.

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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.