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Wed., July 23, 2014, 1:02 p.m.

Idaho No Dumping Ground — Otter

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter fired off a letter to top federal officials Wednesday declaring that he wants “to immediately eliminate the chance of the federal government using Idaho as a destination or a staging area for the influx of unaccompanied and illegal immigrants entering the United States through our southern border.” Idaho -- which borders Canada, not Mexico –- had not been targeted for any such use. But Otter’s spokesman said, “The governor felt it was important to act preemptively.” A second-term Republican who is up for re-election, Otter wrote to U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director Leon Rodriguez; he copied his letter to Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation/Betsy Russell, SR. More here.

Question: Do you share Gov. Otter's feelings re: using Idaho as a staging area for an "influx of unaccompanied and illegal immigrants"?

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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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