Lindsey Graham Slams Trump Aide, Says White House Staff Making Negotiations 'Difficult'
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 23, 2018,
Jan 23, 2018, 1:36
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham described Miller as a key obstacle to constructing any deal on the Dream Act, telling the Post, "As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we are going nowhere".
"I would have been happy to accept the president's entire platform and agenda that he brought to this city a year ago yesterday, but now it has changed", said Representative Steve King, an Iowa Republican who is one of the most anti-immigrant members of Congress.
"Every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members", Mr Graham lamented, adding that though he does "enjoy working with them", White House staff like Mr Miller are "making it very hard".
Graham pointed the finger specifically at White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller, who holds extreme views on immigration. He's been an outlier for years, ' Graham told reporters at the Capitol on Sunday. In 2013, he helped scuttle a proposal while he worked as a staffer for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, the current US attorney general.
The government shutdown now enters its third day.
It isn't President Donald Trump, and it isn't White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly.
"President Trump has expressed a desire to have border security with compassion on immigration".
The key policies at stake are Mr Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico and the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, which allows people brought to the U.S. as undocumented immigrants when they were minors to remain in the United States legally and avoid deportation.
"Every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members". Miller's role in placing a Semtex charge under the tenuous DACA deal at the heart of this budget frenzy is a sign of his overwhelming power in this White House. But it is somebody else in the White House that has Trump's ear.
Democrats are pushing for legislation to protect recipients of DACA, which shields immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children from deportation. "I think Stephen knows this issue better than anybody else in the White House".
"The Flake-Graham-Durbin proposal is not a serious solution to protect the American people but a giant step in the wrong direction", Gidley declared, noting that "their proposal provides a path to citizenship or legalization to at least 8 million unlawful immigrants: "dreamers", their siblings and their parents".