Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., did not respond to Review-Journal requests for his position on the citizenship question.”
The Nevada Independent: “Representatives for Sen. Dean Heller… did not return requests for comment on Tuesday.”
This week, the Trump Administration announced controversial plans to add a citizenship question, designed to ensure undercounting of immigrants and communities of color, to the upcoming 2020 census. Democrats, immigration groups and former Census Bureau officials have all criticized the move. Nevada’s Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval has openly criticized the decision because of the implications it will have on federal funding the state’s ability to serve Nevadans. But, despite repeated requests for comment, Sen. Heller is refusing to take a position.
Nevada Democratic State Party Executive Director Alana Mounce released the following statement:
“Sen. Heller is just standing idly by while President Trump tries to attack and undercount Nevada’s immigrant communities in ways that could harm our state budget and our local economy. This craven silence from Sen. Heller on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census is another example of the spineless, self-serving politician Heller has become. Nevada’s immigrant families keep being reminded that they can’t trust Sen. Heller to stand up for them against the White House’s anti-immigrant agenda.”