Heller Espouses Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law

January 19, 2012

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Heller Continues To Insult Nevada’s Hispanic Population; Pushes Job-Killing Bill

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Las Vegas– Wow, unelected Sen. Dean Heller just keeps shooting himself in the foot with Nevada’s Hispanic community. But he has no one to blame but himself and his continued support for extreme immigration positions that put him at odds with a critical group of voters in the state.

For the first time, Dean Heller has admitted his support for the highly-controversial, job-killing Alabama immigration law that unfairly targets Hispanics and is running the local economy into the ground. The controversial law has been widely panned by the business community for chilling investment in the state and contributing to the loss of jobs. (It even led to an embarrassing incident where a visiting German auto executive was arrested for not having a proper license.)

Don’t just take our word for it, though. In fact, in November of last year, the Tuscaloosa News editorial board said“the law is becoming the greatest threat to the state’s economy and job creation…”

But more importantly, for Heller, his support for the Alabama law is yet another slight to a Hispanic community in Nevada that overwhelmingly disapproves of draconian immigration legislation like those passed in Arizona, and now Alabama. If he ever actually gets around to it, Dean Heller is going to have some serious explaining to do when (if) he finally schedules his promised meeting with the Latin Chamber of Commerce to discuss comprehensive immigration reform (which he opposes).

“With yet another insult to the Hispanic community, Dean Heller’s message to Nevada’s Hispanic voters is abundantly clear: your issues don’t matter,” said Zach Hudson, spokesman for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “After repeating his opposition to the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform, Heller’s admission that he supports the extreme Alabama law is another sign he’s not on the side of Nevada Hispanics. At a time when Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, we cannot afford legislation that would kill desperately-needed jobs and curtail investment in Nevada. Dean Heller is willing to let his Sharron Angle-like immigration views interfere with getting Nevada’s economy back on track.”