Immigrants could prove the key for Hillary Clinton bid
Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to draw an early distinction with Republicans on illegal immigration, pointing to a pathway to citizenship as an essential part of any overhaul in Congress.
Clinton was laying the foundation of her immigration agenda in her first stop in Nevada since launching her presidential campaign. After years of delays in Congress, Latinos and immigration activists are watching Clinton's statements closely for signs of how she might break a legislative logjam on immigration.
"We hope that she leans in and really issues a challenge on the issue," said Clarissa Martinez-De-Castro, deputy vice president of the National Council of La Raza.
Clinton, a Democrat, has backed Obama's unsuccessful pitch for a comprehensive immigration overhaul, including a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the US illegally, and supported his announcement last year halting deportations of certain immigrants.
The issue could be pivotal in the 2016 race. Obama received strong support from Hispanic voters during his two presidential bids and immigration turned into a stumbling block for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who received only 27pc of the Hispanic vote in 2012, and struggled in important states like Florida, Colorado and Nevada where Latinos are influential.