LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller buckled down against immigration reform that would grant illegal immigrants amnesty, telling a Hispanic group in Las Vegas that he does not support the DREAM Act.

Heller’s appearance at a monthly Hispanic in Politics meeting Friday morning was supposed to be an olive branch toward the Hispanic community. Some Hispanic leaders accused Heller of shunning the Latino community after he cancelled a meeting with the Latin Chamber of Commerce in October.

But Heller repeated his opposition to the DREAM Act several times during the Friday meeting, even as Hispanic leaders warned him that the stance could alienate Latino voters.

Heller is running for re-election against Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, who represents many of Nevada’s Hispanic neighborhoods.

Hispanics represent nearly a third of all Nevadans.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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