Our View: Failing Idahoans in Washington

2014-08-03T02:00:00Z Our View: Failing Idahoans in WashingtonBy the Times-News Editorial Board Twin Falls Times-News
August 03, 2014 2:00 am  • 

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.

Their calls to gut DACA are merely a smoke screen designed to sidestep being held accountable for Congress’ abhorrent inaction amid the tragic flood of Central American children into the U.S.

“The crisis we are seeing along our nation’s southern border is a direct consequence of the President’s end-run around Congress to enact immigration reform, in particular the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” Crapo said Friday evening, as both the House and Senate refused to actually do anything about the ongoing crisis at the U.S./Mexican border.

Orozco told the Times-News last week she’s afraid for her future with DACA coming under right-wing assault. With representation like this, she should be.

Both the GOP-controlled House and Democratic-run Senate struggled to respond to the crisis caused by tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children flooding across the border. But the fix, according to the White House and both houses of Congress, was to expand a deportation law so it included the children seeking asylum from gang violence, rape and murder.

Even that wasn’t enough flesh for the small, but unfortunately, influential tea party fringe who’ve hijacked the GOP. They wanted even more youthful blood.

After a few secret meetings with right-wing zealot/poster-child-for-what’s-broken Sen. Ted Cruz, they demanded the death of DACA as part of the dead-on-arrival House package. Each of Idaho’s lawmakers jumped on that hateful bandwagon, essentially scuttling any hopes of an immigration compromise between the House and Senate. Eleven House Republicans showed some backbone and voted against the DACA bill. But neither of Idaho’s representatives had a spine.

This sham is another total lack of leadership from Idaho’s federal representatives, especially in the wake of last year’s embarrassing government shutdown, also the handiwork of the House GOP’s tea party wing. It’s time for a stand in the name of reason and compromise against the fringe. Nothing less will do. Simpson talks reasonably about immigration, so his unwillingness to buck his party’s fanatics is especially discouraging.

Ms. Orozco is no criminal. She’s an Idahoan. And we will be damned if she’s treated as anything else.

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(24) Comments

  1. Mar-Bee
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    Mar-Bee - August 25, 2014 12:03 pm
    --(like believing your lying president....)--
    duke---
    Which of "Your lying Presidents" are you referring too? Surely you know that these wars, our troops are dying in and committing suicide because of them, were created on lies. Your source of news doesn't mean it is correct. It simply means it's news that the networks "Owners" want you to hear. It like music. Some you like and keep your radio on that station never listening to any other kind.

    Pity
  2. duke
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    duke - August 18, 2014 9:37 pm
    yes and you hate republicans,right ,they never do anything right ,like believing your lying president....
  3. duke
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    duke - August 18, 2014 9:34 pm
    where do they get their news from msnbc?????
  4. SKC_ID
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    SKC_ID - August 04, 2014 9:53 pm
    It's neither ignorant or inflammatory, and makes people THINK.
  5. idwindstar
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    idwindstar - August 04, 2014 7:45 pm
    Do you editorialists do any critical thinking before you write? Do you really think our congressional delegation -- Mormons and a Catholic -- hates any kids who are here and in legal limbo? These staunchly pro-life guys -- do you really think they care more about a fetus than a young person? Give me a break. Your ignorant, inflammatory language does nothing to further your cause or solve the problem.
  6. duke
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    duke - August 04, 2014 2:42 pm
    yes times news says it, you believe it but hey cant back it up with facts ,,what is for a fact the teaparty is at fault for ,tell me for a fact not something from msnbc libs have to blame some one not themselves
  7. SKC_ID
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    SKC_ID - August 03, 2014 10:28 pm
    I don't care one way or the other, but, the fact that this shows "total lack of leadership from Idaho’s federal representatives, especially in the wake of last year’s embarrassing government shutdown, also the handiwork of the House GOP’s tea party wing" is NOT the Times News fault. They just report it like it is.
  8. Idahoan77
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    Idahoan77 - August 03, 2014 8:16 pm
    For all that want the children to stay. Adopt and support them with your personal income not mine.
  9. duke
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    duke - August 03, 2014 8:13 pm
    would you tell me when these people get sick and go to the hospital and don't have the money who pays for it? or don't you call it medicade ? I se this happing every day
  10. deuce
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    deuce - August 03, 2014 7:14 pm
    Great question Duke! I don't know Ms. Orozco personally so I would have no way of asking her, but to address your questions-DACA recipients are not eligible for Medicaid, SNAP or subsidies for the ACA (Obamacare) and again, not any federal college financial aid-nothing Federal. Some states do provide welfare or medical (state benefits) to people, but of course not Idaho. Here are some links that show the proof of my claims. BTW, I included a link to the Catholic Charities website that shows their immigration work-now those people are following the word of Jesus. Also if you suspect someone not eligible abusing federal or state programs please call 866-635-7515, they investigate all claims-instead of assuming you can actually make sure :) Have a sunny day!

    http://www.nilc.org/acadacafaq.html

    http://cis.org/intersection-of-administrative-amnesty-and-health-reform

    http://ccidaho.org/what-we-do/immigration-legal-services/

    http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Default.aspx?TabId=90
  11. duke
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    duke - August 03, 2014 5:49 pm
    check out what she had to pay and what she has to pay back then check out what a twinfalls student has to pay to go to csi.and what they have to pay back the check if she gets welfare and food stamps and low medical................
  12. deuce
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    deuce - August 03, 2014 3:58 pm
    Sorry about the double post.

    The facts are DACA recipients do not get federal student aid, i.e. Pell Grants or subsidized student loans. Your children would if they are US citizens. DACA recipients only get the rate of in state tuition in 14 states-surprisingly-Texas was the first state to pass that bill as they saw the benefit to the economy and state coffers with added people paying tuition. Your children again, would get to pay in state tuition rates. So, your children can go to college if they want to get scholarships, loans or do the paper work for federal financial aid. DACA recipients do not get a free ride to college. There are admissions counselors at all of our Idaho colleges that would be happy to talk with any potential student about the things they can do to finance college.
  13. deuce
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    deuce - August 03, 2014 3:51 pm
    Duke, hopefully my heart is not bleeding.....but to your point. Ms. Orozco has to pay for her schooling just like most other people. Here are some facts:
  14. AveJoe
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    AveJoe - August 03, 2014 3:50 pm
    SKC ID,

    So if I don't like it I should shut up and go away. Got it.
  15. morrisg
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    morrisg - August 03, 2014 3:07 pm
    Just what does it do then? MLG
  16. deuce
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    deuce - August 03, 2014 1:28 pm
    Nice of you to provide facts, unfortunately it is falling on deaf ears. Many do not realize what the requirements of DACA are

    You may request DACA if you:

    Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
    Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
    Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
    Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
    Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
    Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
    Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor,or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
    Age Guidelines
    Anyone requesting DACA must have been under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012. You must also be at least 15 years or older to request DACA.
  17. deuce
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    deuce - August 03, 2014 1:19 pm
    Elcty, the 14th Amendment had nothing to do with Native Americans. Please review Mckay v. Campbell 1871. Native Americans were classified as "domestic dependent nations" until some conversion with the Dawes Act in 1887 and then fully after the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924. Books and credible websites contain a plethora of information on the subject.
  18. duke
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    duke - August 03, 2014 11:13 am
    so do our children, use some of your bleeding heart for our own children,and times new will not answer us back they print it then run and hide.... SKC-ID tell your age or close to it , we don't hate the person, we hate being able to break the law and being rewarded for it
  19. SKC_ID
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    SKC_ID - August 03, 2014 11:12 am
    A grant of deferred removal action does not confer lawful immigration status, alter an individual’s existing immigration status, OR provide a path to citizenship.
  20. SKC_ID
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    SKC_ID - August 03, 2014 9:41 am
    Even before I clicked on the Comments link, I knew who the first 3 posters would be. Let me ask all of you - why do you subscribe the Times News, when you obviously hate it so much?
    This editorial is so truthful and to the point it isn't even funny, and the comments made by you three do nothing but show your hatefulness and ignorance.
    The Republican party is a complete FAILURE, and I believe that's really what you're all so angry about - You KNOW that.
    Ms. Orazco deserves nothing but respect for her hard work and efforts!
  21. duke
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    duke - August 03, 2014 9:07 am
    I don't believe she should be deported now but does not get any benefits our children does get we have children that would love to go on to college here in Idaho but cant afford it,but now watch the exodus here now it has just started the president has won he has destroyed AMERICA without firing a shot.......
  22. AveJoe
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    AveJoe - August 03, 2014 8:38 am
    This girl should have been deported a long time ago. The fact that she was able to make it through the school system and then off to college without anyone knowing she was an illegal and subsequently deporting her - is the problem. No doubt tax payers covered her tuition for her.
    How about we keep Miss Orazco in Idaho and send the Times News writers to Mexico? I bet Idaho republicans would go for that.
  23. elcty
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    elcty - August 03, 2014 8:26 am
    Should people automatically get citizenship for living here? The 14th Amendment was meant for slaves and Indians to be citizens not people here illegally.
  24. platts
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    platts - August 03, 2014 7:54 am
    Just another partisan attack on our elected representatives by this newspaper. The untruths, distortions, half truths, and false scenarios cannot be answered by a simple comment. I remember the buckets of ink spend on doomsday predictions after the enactment of sequestration, a 2% cut in future spending. Social programs would die, no firefighters, people starving in the streets and on and on. This newspaper went all in. When it all turned out to be false - not a peep.

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