Today marks exactly one year since President Trump upended the lives of thousands of Dreamers here in Nevada, throwing their futures into jeopardy by announcing the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has enabled more than 13,000 Dreamers to attend school or work legally in Nevada without the constant fear of deportation.
In Congress, Jacky Rosen has been fighting to fix Trump’s decision ending the DACA program. She cosponsored the bipartisan Dream Act and signed on to a discharge petition to try to bypass House Republican leadership and force a vote on the floor on DACA solutions. Jacky also helped introduce the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act, bipartisan legislation that would bolster border security while providing a path to citizenship for Dreamers.
Since President Trump made the heartless move to end the DACA program a year ago, Heller has repeatedly declined to support the bipartisan Dream Act and played politics instead of doing what’s right. Over the past year, Heller has often aligned himself with President Trump on immigration and said recently that his position on a DACA fix was “I won’t vote for anything the president won’t sign.” Earlier this year, Heller also said he “didn’t have time” to meet with the bipartisan group of senators working on a DACA solution and then voted against the two bipartisan bills in the Senate to protect Dreamers while supporting Trump’s anti-immigrant plan.
Rosen for Nevada deputy campaign manager Mariela Hernandez released the following statement:
“President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program created a crisis that is nowhere closer to being solved a year later, and Senator Heller has spent the last 12 months cozying up to this anti-immigrant White House and voting against real bipartisan solutions to protect Dreamers. The United States made a promise to our DACA recipients, and we deserve a Senator like Jacky Rosen who will fight tooth and nail to ensure the United States upholds that commitment to the young hardworking immigrants who came here through no fault of their own and do so much to enrich our communities.”