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Generation 1.5: Assimilating to American Culture as a Young Immigrant

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Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, accompanied by their sisters, is seen in this photo provided by Suleimanova family in Makhachkala. (Photo: Reuters)

The Tsarnaev brothers came to the US as young immigrants with their parents, and both were educated here.

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That makes them members of what's often referred to by immigration scholars as 'Generation 1.5"².

But what we now know about the two Boston bombing suspects raises questions about the different ways young immigrants assimilate to life in America.

Anchor Marco Werman discusses the challenges of assimilation with Professor Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, dean of UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and co-author of, "Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society."