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Hillary says she'll outdo Obama on support for immigrants

Ruth Sherlock New York

Published 19/04/2016 | 02:30

Hillary Clinton greets shoppers at Queens Crossing mall in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo: Getty Images
Hillary Clinton greets shoppers at Queens Crossing mall in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo: Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders with actor Danny DeVito(R) before he speaks at "A Future To Believe In GOTV Rally" in Brooklyns Prospect Park. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

HILLARY Clinton has said that as US president she would "go further" than Barack Obama's controversial proposal to shield millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States from deportation.

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Mrs Clinton's bold support for sweeping immigration reform came as residents in New York - one of America's most ethnically diverse areas - prepared to vote today in the primary elections.

"I will do everything I can to protect the president's executive actions and go further to bring more people relief and keep families together," Mrs Clinton said.

Authority

She was speaking as the US Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Mr Obama had overstepped his authority in seeking to shield some four million illegals from deportation.

Twenty-six states, led by Texas, filed the suit to block Mr Obama's plan, arguing that the president had taken unilateral action on the matter, turning Congress into a rubber-stamp body.

The case has intensified the national argument over immigration in the midst of a presidential campaign that has become increasingly defined by the issue.

Donald Trump's call to "build a wall" along the US's border with Mexico when he launched his presidential campaign set off fierce anti-immigration rhetoric in the Republican field.

With Hispanics making up an increasingly sizeable part of the electorate, Democrats have set about trying to capture their vote.

Immigration is a key issue in New York City, where more than a third of residents were born in another country, according to a 2013 report.

But Bernie Sanders has proved a fierce opponent for the former first lady, who now faces a critical moment in her bid to become the Democratic nominee.

Mrs Clinton is running effectively neck and neck with Mr Sanders in the polls.

While an average of several polls put her some 12 points ahead in New York, Mrs Clinton's campaign has acknowledged that the results of today's election in the state may be much closer. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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