One year ago today, President Trump announced his plans to terminate President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since then, Trump ally and Republican Sen. Dean Heller has repeatedly failed to work across the aisle on finding a bipartisan solution for the thousands of Dreamers who call Nevada home.
For the past year, Heller has declined to support the bipartisan Dream Act. In February, Heller said he “didn’t have time to meet” with the bipartisan group of senators working to find a deal to protect Dreamers. Instead, Heller talked to the White House about the legislation Trump supported. Just days later, Heller voted against multiple bipartisan bills to give Dreamers a path to citizenship and bolster border security. The only bill Heller voted to advance? Trump’s divisive anti-immigrant plan, which failed spectacularly with the least amount of support and significant bipartisan opposition.
Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II released the following statement:
“Senator Spineless used to support bipartisan immigration reform, but this year he’s been caving to Donald Trump’s heartless anti-immigrant agenda at Nevada’s expense on yet another issue. It’s been one year since President Trump made the decision to end DACA and put thousands of Dreamers in Nevada at risk, and Dean Heller has repeatedly voted against real bipartisan solutions to resolve this crisis.”