(Mark Sherman | AP) The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to an election-year review of President Barack Obama's executive order to allow up to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to "come out of the shadows" and work legally in the United States.
The justices said they will consider undoing lower court orders that blocked the plan from taking effect in the midst of a presidential campaign that already roiled by the issue.
The case, United States v. Texas will be argued in April and decided by late June, about a month before both parties' gather for their nominating conventions. The immigrants who would benefit from the administration's plan are mainly the parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Texas is leading 26 mainly Republican-dominated states in challenging the Democratic administration's immigration plan.
What factors will justices be considering in this hearing? What impact will this ruling have on the 2016 election?
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