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Just Like Trump, Heller Supports Ending Constitutionally Protected Birthright Citizenship for Children Born in America

President Trump announced today in an interview that he is planning to sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship, a move that even top Republicans admit would violate the Constitution. Following Trump’s announcement, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said he will introduce legislation to do accomplish this goal through Congress. Sen. Dean Heller campaigned with Graham just a few days ago in Las Vegas and declared that he tries to “emulate” Lindsey Graham’s “practices,” and earlier this month proclaimed that everything President Trump touches “turns to gold.”

Heller has his own long history of supporting efforts to end the constitutionally protected right to citizenship for children born in the United States. In 2007 and again in 2009, Heller co-sponsored bills that would take away citizenship for children born in the U.S. who did not have at least one parent who is a citizen. He’s even used offensive anti-immigrant language on the issue, saying he does not support “anchor babies.”

Heller has directly tied himself to Trump on immigration over the past year. Earlier this year, Senator Spineless was caught on tape saying he would not vote for any immigration bill that President Trump did not support. Based on Heller’s own words and actions, Nevadans cannot expect their senator to stand up against this anti-immigrant attempt to thwart the Constitution.

Nevada State Democratic Party Executive Director Alana Mounce released the following statement:

“This disturbing announcement from President Trump underscores exactly why we need a check and balance in Washington pushing back against this anti-immigrant and unconstitutional move. Dean Heller helped get us to this point by supporting reckless bills to take away citizenship from children born in the U.S., using offensive language like “anchor babies,” and endorsing President Trump’s immigration agenda without reservations. President Trump’s move to end birthright citizenship is wrong, and Nevada deserves a senator who will stand up against these continued attacks.”

BACKGROUND

HELLER SUPPORTS TRUMP UNCONDITIONALLY ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES

  • September 2018: Trump Praised Heller At A Las Vegas Campaign Rally, Gushing “I’ve Had No Better Friend In Congress Than Dean Heller.” [22:30] TRUMP: “They now go and see a private doctor if there’s a line. They don’t have to wait for twelve days, for twenty days, for forty days. They go see a doctor, we pay for the doctor, and they get taken care of. They get taken care of, and Dean has led the effort in Congress to fully fund veterans’ affairs. It’s a big deal, and he’s been really great. He really has. So, I just want to say there’s been no better friend. We started off slow, but we ended up strong. I’ve had no better friend in Congress than Dean Heller, so thank you. Thank you, Dean.” [Trump Heller Rally Las Vegas, 9/20/18]

  • Nevada Independent: In Gardnerville, Heller Stated “So, Let’s Get A DACA Fix. I Won’t Vote For Anything The President Won’t Sign. If The President Is Going To Sign It, I’ll Support It.” “‘But the president does want it, the president wants a DACA fix. So, let’s get a DACA fix. I won’t vote for anything the president won’t sign. If the president is going to sign it, I’ll support it. Simple as that,’ Heller said.” [Nevada Independent, 6/5/18]

IN 2007, HELLER SAID HE DIDN’T SUPPORT “ANCHOR BABIES”

  • 2007: Heller: “I Don’t Support Anchor Babies.” In October 2007, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Heller saying: “I don’t support amnesty. I don’t support benefits for illegals. I don’t support the Dream Act. I don’t support anchor babies.” [Reno Gazette-Journal, 10/14/07]

IN 2009, HELLER HELP WRITE A BILL TO DENY CITIZENSHIP TO CHILDREN BORN OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

  • 2012: Heller Explained He Supported Legislation That Would Require “At Least One Parent Be An American Citizen.” “Question: “I want to ask you about the 14th Amendment, and also your support of taking away citizenship rights for children that are born in the United States that don’t have U.S. citizen parents or their parents were undocumented.” Heller: “Okay, okay, that’s a good question. I signed on to legislation – we are the only industrialized nation with birthright citizenship, only industrialized nation with birthright citizenship. Piece of legislation that went through would require that at least one parent, at least one parent, be an American citizen and I signed on to that, so that’s where I stand.” [Dean Heller, Hispanics in Politics Breakfast, 1/6/12]

  • 2009: Heller Was An Original Sponsor Of H.R. 1868, The Birthright Citizenship Act Of 2009, Which Would Have Limited Birthright Citizenship To Children Born In The United States If Said Children Were Born To Undocumented Immigrants. In April 2009, Heller was an original sponsor of H.R. 1868, The Birthright Citizenship Act OF 2009, “Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 – Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to consider a person born in the United States “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States for citizenship at birth purposes if the person is born in the United States of parents, one of whom is: (1) a U.S. citizen or national; (2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States; or (3) an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.” The bill had 95 co-sponsors, including 93 Republicans and two Democrats. [CQ, 4/2/09, H.R. 1868, Introduced 4/2/09]

  • 2007: Heller Cosponsored A Bill To Deny Citizenship To Those Born In America Without At Least One Parent Who Was An American Citizen. On August 3, 2007, Rep. Dean Heller signed on as a co-sponsor to a bill that would “[amend] the Immigration and Nationality Act to consider a person born in the United States ‘subject to the jurisdiction’ of the United States for citizenship at birth purposes if the person is born in the United States of parents, one of whom is: (1) a U.S. citizen or national; (2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States; or (3) an alien performing active service in the armed forces.” [CQ, 4/19/07; H.R. 1940, Introduced 4/19/07, Cosponsored 8/3/07]