A lonely Republican stands against defunding Obama’s immigration plan


Nearly every Republican in the Senate voted last week in favor of a funding bill that would dismantle deportation relief programs championed by President Obama.

Sen. Dean Heller, however, didn’t follow suit.

The U.S. senator from Nevada was the only Republican to vote against opening up debate on the legislation, which would roll back programs that would let up to 5 million people live and work in the country without fear of deportation. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voted against moving the bill forward, but for technical reasons.

Heller’s stance is winning him cheers with immigrant rights groups back home.

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada has launched a small advertising campaign on Facebook, Twitter and in local Spanish-language newspapers, calling for Heller to “stay strong for immigrant families.”

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