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Tue., Aug. 5, 2014, 2:39 p.m.

Delegation Criminalizes Idahoans

Twenty-two year-old Yolanda Orozco isn’t a criminal or a threat to the U.S. But, Idaho’s all-Republican congressional delegation wants the Valley High grad and Boise State University student treated like a felon and booted out of the only home she’s ever known. It’s another disturbing example of Idaho’s lawmakers -- Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador — following the GOP fringe into the hate-filled abyss that’s already gifted the country an embarrassing level of congressional dysfunction. Orozco is a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which essentially lets migrant children — brought here as children through no fault of their own — avoid deportation so long as they show potential of contributing to American society. But Idaho’s esteemed lawmakers want Orozco and 500,000 other teens and young adults, who only know an American life, expelled/Twin Falls Times-News Editorial Board. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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