Heller Defies President Trump Again – Says He Supports DACA

M.Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

Just when everyone thought Senator Dean Heller couldn’t be more out of touch with the Republican voters in Nevada that elected him, he’s proven us all wrong once again.

President Trump announced on Tuesday he’s ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), which was previously implemented by the Obama Administration. Immigration reform was a critical piece of Donald Trump’s campaign since day one, and so far he’s keeping his promise to voters.

Just hours before the announcement was made, Dean Heller said in a written statement to the Reno Gazette-Journal he supports the progam.

“The DACA program was born out of an executive order from President Obama and it’s another example of why it’s important that Congress debates and tackles any policy that significantly alters our nation’s laws,” he said. “While I remain concerned about the way in which DACA came to life, I’ve made clear that I support the program because hard working individuals who came to this country through no fault of their own as children should not be immediately shown the door. This is why I am a cosponsor of the Bridge Act, which provides legal status for these individuals while Congress works toward a permanent solution through the proper Constitutional process.”

Despite Republicans in Nevada overwhelmingly caucusing for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, Heller made a name for himself as a Never Trumper. When President Trump took office, Heller said he’d work with the President, and support him if he liked his policies.

But so far, he’s fought Trump’s agenda every step of the way. He was in the national spotlight for being one of only a few Republican Senators to vote against the repeal of Obamacare.

Then, he publicly came out against the pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, right before President Trump announced he would be pardoning him.

Couple this with his statement this week regarding DACA, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Senator Heller is unwilling to work with the President at all on many important issues Americans face.