Immigration case could hurt Republican outreach to U.S. Hispanics

Patino of Phoenix, Arizona stands in the crowd after interrupting U.S. President Obama's speech that his new immigration policy would not help his immigration situation, at Del Sol High School in Las VegasBy James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For a Republican Party trying to woo Hispanic voters, the timing of the U.S. Supreme Court’s review of the legality of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration could not come at a more awkward time. The case, which will consider whether Obama exceeded his constitutional authority to spare from deportation millions of immigrants in the country illegally, is set to be argued in the coming months with a decision due by the end of June. A Supreme Court win for the Republican-governed states that sued to block Obama’s action surely would have conservatives in the party celebrating but might have those in the party who are concerned about reaching Hispanic voters fretting.

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