Republican Dean Heller Participates in Casino Kickback: How Heller Learned to Love Amnesty

We had the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase and the Abortion Lie in ObamaCare. In the immigration bill we have Casino Kickback, courtesy of Nevada Senator Harry Reid (NV) and Republican Nevada Senator Dean Heller – who once upon a time, before he was elected to Congress, was against the DREAM Act, anchor babies and any kind of amnesty. Reid and Heller inserted language into the bill to continue the Treasury/Commerce Department’s $100 MILLION Travel Promotion Act, which was due to expire. Let’s be truthful, Las Vegas would have little tourism if not for casinos and glitzy hotels. The votes of casino workers (rumored to be bussed to the polls by the Reid campaign) and the donations of hotel owners provide a one-way highway back to Capitol Hill for Reid, probably not so for Heller, although he is selling his soul to make it happen. The city’s McCarran airport doesn’t qualify for one of the Top 10 International airports across the country and it has a long way to go. Taxes on international visitors are touted to pay for the Travel Promotion Act – so according to the new immigration bill, foreigners arriving after the bill becomes law, can come, overstay their Visa and apply for a green card. The legislation in the immigration bill makes the Travel Promotion Act permanent – no expiration date. For Conservatives, the spotlight should be on Dean Heller, no Harry Reid.


2009 – Source: Harry Reid’s Website – click the pic

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) have inserted a provision that amounts to little more than a handout to Las Vegas casinos into the repackaged immigration reform bill, Breitbart News has learned. This provision, a brazen example of crony capitalism, was inserted into the immigration law enforcement section of the bill despite the fact that it has nothing whatsoever to do with “immigration” or “law enforcement.”

On page 66 of the repackaged bill, the following provision appears:

“CORPORATION FOR TRAVEL PROMOTION.—Sec- 9(d)(2)(B) of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (22 U.S.C. 2131(d)(2)(B)) is amended by striking ‘‘For each of fiscal years 2012 through 2015,’’ and inserting ‘‘For each fiscal year after 2012.” Source: Breitbart


Nevada journalist Jon Ralston at The Ralston Report offers his opinion of how Senator Dean Heller “learned to love amnesty:” (I don’t know Ralston’s political positions and am not familiar with his work, but I do know about Heller’s past voting record)

That time was Oct. 15, 2012, a few weeks before the appointed senator became an elected senator by a thin, 12,000-vote margin, despite losing Hispanics by a staggering 41 points. It was Heller’s second electoral near-death experience in six years, and he would react just as he had when Sharron Angle almost defeated him (he won by 421 votes) for Congress in 2006 — he would, ahem, adapt.

Since Election Day 2012, Heller has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis, from Sen. No Amnesty to Sen. Immigration Reform Broker. All the two personas have in common is that they postures rather than positions, and neither is very believable. This is the same protean politician who was a maverick, hardly partisan secretary of state who suddenly became a super-conservative after Angle almost defeated him in that congressional primary…

Here’s the truth: From the day Heller awoke on the day after the election in 2012, he knew he had to do something about the Hispanic vote or be a one-termer. The Latino percentage of the electorate will only get larger in Nevada,…

Dean Heller

Dean Heller

The first priority for members of Congress is always, how do I get re-elected, no matter the consequences. As with Rubio who promised “border security first” before he ascended to The Hill, Heller had the correct position on DREAMers, until….Can he realistically believe he will ever have the support of the SEIU, casino workers, and a majority of casino bosses looking for cheap labor from those on the path to amnesty? After all, the numbers of aliens “will only get larger in Nevada.” Heller’s voting record is conservative, but a vote for this immigration bill changes everything – but then I’m not a Nevada voter. He is supporting an outrageous, unconstitutional amnesty bill. Here’s Heller’s positions on immigration while in the House from 2007 to 2011, and since he was marginally voted into Congress. As with Rubio, we only have past remarks and voting records to base our support on. The Travel Promotion Act is one thing, voting for this particular immigration bill is quite another.

  • Overhaul 14th Amendment against immigrant citizenship. (Apr 2012)
  • Opposes amnesty; defend America’s borders. (Nov 2006)
  • End Birthright Citizenship; no more anchor babies. (Apr 2009)
  • Rated A+ by the ALI, indicating a strongly anti-amnesty stance. (Nov 2010)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007) – Source: On The Issues

The Casino Kickback will not be the only gift handed-out before this is over and we don’t know what we don’t know yet.

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  • The Republican Party at work. When the times get tough, the party caves in.

    • findalis, we do have those who are outspoken against this. I pray they can do something about it, but am doubtful

  • Nevadan

    Heller has stated time and time again he will NOT cave no matter what. I have been in contact with his office more than once and it is the same answer. HE DID NOT cave. There are so many things put on the internet that are not presented the way things really are. Did you both to notice the two photos thanking someone was of Reid and NO WHERE was Heller?! Because he is for THE PEOPLE.

    • Nevadan, well, I’m not sure. I have plenty of pics up of Harry Reid, but as I clearly stated the focus of this particular post was Dean Heller. I expected what Harry Reid did. I did not expect what Dean Heller has done. Any conservative voting not for an immigration bill, but for this particular piece of legislation – who has made the statements Heller has made, has caved. If you want to believe his office, I suggest you find out what is in this bill and then decide if you can still believe him. Take a look at the following and let me know what you think.

      If you read only one, read the first one below.

      Immigration Bill Will Reduce Illegals by 25% ONLY Says CBO – They’ll Just Keep Coming

      Immigration: No Job Needed for Green Card – Border Agents Put Under Civil Rights Div of DOJ

      No New Border Agents Until 2017-2021 – Overstay Visa in Future Get Your Green Card Anyway – Charge Legals More for Visas – Charge Amnesty Applicants Less

      Immigration English Requirement Laughable: Rubio Scrambles for Border Security – It’s the Visa Program, Stupid

      Here’s a press from Senator Jeff Sessions who has huge integrity about what passes and what does not, and he is concerned about the consequences, and hopes to avoid the unintended consequences which these naive or worse, corrupt politicians, are pushing:

      The Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment doesn’t change the bill’s amnesty first framework. Instead it goes even further and creates an automatic amnesty for future illegal aliens. Section 2302 says if you overstay your visa in the future you can still apply for a green card and become a citizen. It is permanent lawlessness. Joined with existing language that restricts future enforcement, it guarantees unending illegal immigration.
      Contrary to their rhetoric there is no border surge. The Secretary [of Homeland Security] doesn’t even have to start hiring new border patrol agents until 2017, and the amendment only gives her until 2021 to increase the number by 20,000. According to the National Association of Former Border Patrol Agents, this hiring process could take up to 20 years. Much like the 2006 law requiring a 700-mile border fence, it’s never going to happen.

      To raise money, the amendment increases fees on visas for legal immigrants, but keeps the same low fees and fines for those applying for amnesty – favoring illegal over legal immigrants. Under the 2007 comprehensive immigration bill, amnesty applicants had to pay up to $8,000 – vastly more than the fines in the current plan which total only $2,000 and are subject to numerous waivers. The Gang has repeatedly claimed their bill is completely paid for by fees. However, under the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment, the American taxpayers are on the hook for $38 billion.

      Let me know how you think I’m being unreasonable and find something more than important than whose pic I show. AGAIN, the point…Heller is a Republican who has vowed not to allow DREAMers, amnesty and he called for border security first. Voting for this bill will achieve none of that. EVERY SENATOR who votes for this bill has caved on border security.

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