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REALITY CHECK: Heller Lies on Immigration, Attempts to Rewrite History on His Own Votes Against Bipartisan DACA Solutions in the Senate

During an interview on conservative talk radio last week, Sen. Dean Heller showed just how out of touch with reality he has become lately – reinventing history and refusing to accept any blame for the gridlock in Washington. Heller told host Dan Mason that the only reason immigration reform hasn’t been passed was because of the House of Representatives, when in reality the blame rests on Sen. Heller and his party.

TRANSCRIPT (LISTEN HERE)

MASON: “I know you’re not happy with the lack of progress on immigration in Washington. Just as a general term, is there any light at the end of the tunnel on this?”

HELLER: “Well here’s the problem. The problem isn’t the United States Senate, the problem is the House of Representatives. As you know, they tried to pass maybe a liberal version of immigration reform, then they tried a moderate version, and they tried to conservative version, they can’t pass any of it. Any of it.”

MASON: “Makes our heads want to explode.”

HELLER: “Even when the President puts his time and energy behind one of the bills they still can’t pass it out of the House of Representatives. Dan, I think this and for your listeners, I believe if the House can get their act together and provide a piece of legislation, send it over to the Senate, the Senate will agree to it as long as the President stands behind it and then we’ll get it to the President’s desk. But that’s the hold-up. The hold-up isn’t the United States Senate. Right now, it’s the House of Representatives not being able to pass anything when it comes to immigration.”

BUT IN REALITY…

SEVERAL IMMIGRATION BILLS ALSO FAILED IN THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED U.S. SENATE EARLIER THIS YEAR.

“The Senate failed Thursday afternoon to advance any of the four immigration bills that were put on the floor for a vote, unable to make any movement toward protecting young people brought illegally to the United States as children.”

HELLER VOTED AGAINST BOTH OF THE BIPARTISAN DACA SOLUTIONS.

  • February 2018: Heller Voted Against The Bipartisan McCain-Coons Amendment To Offer A Pathway To Citizenship For Undocumented Individuals Who Arrived In The United States Before The Age Of 18 And Border Security, But No Funding For The Wall. On February 15, 2018, Heller voted against, “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Durbin, D-Ill., for Coons, D-Del., amendment no. 1955 to Schumer, D-N.Y., amendment no. 1958, to the bill that would provide conditional permanent residence to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program if they meet certain qualifications, and would authorize $110 million annually, for fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2022, for grants for border security activities in states with international or maritime borders. It would also authorize the construction of additional ports of entry along U.S. borders and would create temporary immigration judge and Board of Immigration Appeals staff attorney positions, to exist through fiscal 2020.” The amendment failed, 52-47.  [CQ, 2/15/18; S.Amdt 1955 to S.Amdt 1958, Vote 33, 2/15/18]

  • February 2018: Heller Voted Against The Rounds-King Immigration Reform Amendment. On February 15, 2018, Heller voted against, “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Schumer, D-N.Y., amendment no. 1958, as modified, to the language proposed to be stricken by Grassley, R-Iowa, amendment no. 1959, to the bill that would appropriate $25 billion, to be available from fiscal 2019 through 2027, for various border security purposes, such as physical barriers, technology and facilities. It would prohibit the deportation of recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program if they meet certain qualifications, and would reduce the cap on family-sponsored immigrant visas. It would require the Homeland Security Department to prioritize the enforcement of immigration activities for aliens that have committed felonies or misdemeanors, and those who are unlawfully present in the United States and arrived after June 30, 2018.“ The amendment failed, 54-45.  [CQ, 2/15/18; S.Amdt 1958 to HR 2579, Vote 35, 2/15/18]

BUT HELLER DID VOTE FOR TRUMP’S PLAN—WHICH FAILED MISERABLY.

  • February 2018: Heller Voted For Trump’s Immigration Proposal. On February 15, 2018, Heller voted for, “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Grassley, R-Iowa, substitute amendment no. 1959 to the bill, that would overhaul various aspects of the U.S. immigration system, including border security policies and infrastructure and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It would cancel the removal of, and provide temporary resident status to certain DACA recipients. It would appropriate $25 billion, to be available through fiscal 2031, for border security enforcement. It would eliminate the diversity visa lottery program, would modify which individuals can receive visas and would reallocate the number of allowable visas between visa categories. It would place additional limits on which individuals can become naturalized citizens.” The amendment failed 39-60.  [CQ, 2/15/18; S.Amdt 1959 to HR 2579, Vote 36, 2/15/18]

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement on Heller’s false sense of reality:

“Does Dean Heller have a bad memory, is he delusional, or is he just lying? Nevadans haven’t forgotten that Sen. Heller sided with Trump over Dreamers when it came time to vote on immigration bills earlier this year, and the fact that Sen. Heller is trying to make stuff up to cover up his record against bipartisan DACA solutions is telling.”