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EDITORIAL: Malheur County’s ‘Dreamers’ need sense of security from Washington

The gasps, if any, were muffled in Malheur County last week among those known as “Dreamers.” Word that President Trump was ending a special immigration program for children certainly touches many corners of our community. The president wants Congress to act, and it should.

The uncertainty about the fate of Dreamers probably produced an understandable shudder in our immigrant community. No one can say how many Dreamers we have here, but given the deep ties to Mexico of our region, you can guess that scores of the 11,000 in Oregon call Malheur County home. They are a quiet population, going about their business and shying from the public spotlight. That’s especially true now.

Dreamers have been provided protection from deportation if they were brought into the country illegally as children. They didn’t get protection automatically. Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known by the . . .