Activists and DACA recipients march up Broadway during the start of their Walk to Stay Home, a five-day walk from New York to Washington, to demand that Congress pass a Clean Dream Act [File: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters]

Adding a high-stakes immigration case to its election-year agenda, the Supreme Court said Friday it will decide whether President Donald Trump can terminate an Obama-era programme shielding young migrants from deportation.

The justices’ order sets up legal arguments for late fall or early winter, with a decision likely by June 2020 as Trump campaigns for re-election. The president ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme in 2017, sparking protests and a congressional effort to salvage it.

That effort failed, but federal courts

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