New audio shows that when it comes to immigration policy, Republican Sen. Dean Heller has time to talk to the White House – but apparently no time to meet with his own colleagues in the Senate. Two days before Heller told POLITICO that he “didn’t have time” to meet with the bipartisan group of senators working on a plan to protect Dreamers, Heller told GOP donors in Humboldt County that he’d just talked to the White House about Trump’s immigration agenda ahead of this week’s Senate votes.
HELLER on Saturday at a Nevada GOP fundraiser:
Heller: “Next week is all about immigration on the Senate floor. The president’s already said can’t have a DACA fix unless there’s border security. And I’m all for that. I’ve already talked to the White House this afternoon. Talking about what he does and doesn’t support moving forward on this legislation next week.”
HELLER on Monday in a D.C. interview:
POLITICO: “The Trump framework is likely to fail because of Democratic opposition, so a group of bipartisan senators has been meeting to find a fallback plan. Heller is keeping those talks at arm’s length despite his history as an immigration reformer who can work across the aisle. ‘They asked for some of my input,’ Heller said. ‘I gave ’em some ideas but didn’t have time to meet with them.’”
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“Instead of working with his Senate colleagues to fix President Trump’s cruel decision to end the DACA program, Dean Heller continues to sell out Nevada’s immigrant families while sucking up to the White House. Nevadans deserve a senator they can trust to be a check against Trump’s hateful anti-immigrant agenda, not a spineless rubber stamp. Sen. Heller’s own words continue to show that he will side with Trump at Nevada’s expense.”