Lindsay Graham: Stephen Miller Is Making Immigration Talks 'Difficult'

Frederick Owens
January 23, 2018

"As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we're going nowhere", he told reporters, adding that "the White House staff, I think, is making it very hard".

Graham said, "I've talked with the president his heart is right on this issue".

"Every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members".

But he also cautioned that Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller could kill any immigration deal. "He's been an outlier for years", said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley.

"President Trump has expressed a desire to have border security with compassion on immigration".

Miller, who was recently escorted off the CNN set after losing his cool at of "State of the Union" host Jape Tapper during an interview, is believed to be an integral part of the Islamophobic team in the Trump administration that drafted the Muslim travel ban.

Miller came to the White House from the Senate, where he staffed then-Republican Senator Jeff Sessions on immigration issues.

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A bipartisan group of senators met behind closed doors late Sunday in an effort to find a compromise to end the shutdown.

Graham tweeted Sunday that some staff in the White House 'hold extreme and unrealistic views.

Kelly regularly told members of Congress in meetings that he was the reason Trump didn't sooner end former President Barack Obama's program for the Dreamers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the former official said. White House staffers and Trump allies alike have reportedly advised the president, who's "itching" to play dealmaker, that lying low is the best strategy: "The more he appears in public, the more this becomes a Trump problem", Republican strategist John Feehery told The Washington Post. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sunday after Graham said WH staff was making a deal on immigration "very hard".

"Not only do they not consult us, they can't even get on the same page as their president - the president from their own party".

DACA is a guarantee against deportation for millions of illegal immigrants who were brought to the children. But Trump's ostensible lack of involvement can not disguise the fact that his erraticism and failure to delineate the White House's goals are largely to blame for lawmakers' ongoing stalemate.

"If he had been willing to accept any one of these deals we wouldn't be where we are today", he said.

"Look, this is the president's agenda".

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