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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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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.

From left: Marisa Falcon, Claudia Saucedo, and Yaquelin Lopez, all from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and all part of DREAMers' Moms, demonstrate outside the White House on April 28, 2014, to demand that President Obama stop deportation of immigrants. DREAMers' Moms is a National network of women and mothers who are in support of immigration reform. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Texas asks judge to rescind 108,000 three-year amnesties for Dreamers

- The Washington Times

More than 100,000 three-year deportation amnesties issued by Homeland Security should be rescinded and reissued as two-year permits, Texas and 25 other states suing the government told a federal judge Friday, as both sides try to clean up the messy situation surrounding President Obama's immigration executive actions.

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful, speaks at the Defending the American Dream summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 22, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ted Cruz knocks 'campaign conservatives' in New Hampshire

- The Washington Times

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas touted himself Monday as the only candidate on the GOP presidential debate stage earlier this month who has always opposed "amnesty" for illegal immigrants and as someone who has consistently led on more than just one or two of the major issues facing the country today.

Univision newscaster Jorge Ramos, who has incredible sway with U.S. Hispanic voters, decried Donald Trump and his stance on immigration at a public event, which promptly got him booted from the room. (Associated Press)

Activist anchor Jorge Ramos uses influence to push immigration agenda

- The Washington Times

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who has long been as much an activist as a newsman, managed to find himself at the center of an immigration story yet again this week as he went head-to-head with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, getting tossed from a press conference after repeatedly and insistently trying to ask questions.

Obama agenda and legacy in the hands of federal judges

- The Washington Times

A federal judge in Texas has put President Obama's deportation amnesty on hold, while another judge in the District of Columbia is poised to rule any day now on whether the House can sue to stop parts of the administration's Obamacare spending.

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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.