White House: Flake-Graham-Durbin DACA Bill 'Giant Step In Wrong Direction'

White House: Flake-Graham-Durbin DACA Bill 'Giant Step In Wrong Direction'

White House: Flake-Graham-Durbin DACA Bill 'Giant Step In Wrong Direction'

Trump's "heart is right on this issue", Sen.

Each time Trump has edged towards compromise with Democrats, he has appeared to be reined in by his own staff, which shares the hawkish immigration stance that fuelled his campaign.

"He's got a good understanding of what will sell, and every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members", he said. "As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration we're going nowhere".

David Edwards is a writer for Raw Story. In 2013, he helped scuttle a proposal while he worked as a staffer for then-Sen.

"His view of immigration has never been in the mainstream of the Senate", Graham said, describing Miller as an advocate of reduced overall USA immigration.

Miller's goal was to discuss a frontal negotiation: "a possible deal offering protections to the young undocumented immigrants (...) in exchange for tougher immigration provisions, such as an end to family-sponsored migration", the paper continues.

Kelly didn't respond to an interview request and Miller directed questions to the White House press office. "And I think we're never going to get there as long as we embrace concepts that can not possibly get 60 votes".


Graham, who has been part of several bipartisan senate groups charged with reforming the nation's immigration system, put a spotlight on White House on senior advisor Stephen Miller in particular. "He's been an outlier for years", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement Sunday night.

The White House fired back at Graham.

The bipartisan Senate group met Sunday with the goal of crafting a proposal to set up an immigration vote in that chamber, as well as an agreement to reopen the government until February 8. The two men were joined only by their chiefs of staff. Schumer said he left optimistic that they were on the cusp of a deal, before Kelly called later to nix it.

DACA, the program protecting illegal immigrants brought to the U.S.as children, expires in March, but the agreement for reopening the government hinged on promises from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring a bill to the Senate floor dealing with it and other immigration matters, if no deal is struck by February 8.

"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.

'The White House staff, I think, is making it very hard, ' he told reporters at the Capitol.

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