'As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we are going nowhere. "He's been an outlier for years", said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. In 2013, he helped scuttle a proposal while he worked as a staffer for then-Sen.
While some specialists consider that qualifying Miller as a puppeteer of the president is an exaggeration - as Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies explained - what really worries is that the leader of the country doesn't know the scope of his decisions to the point of not being able to define a position with respect to sensitive topics such as DACA.
Miller is an immigration hardliner and has a track record of working against immigration compromises.
In the blame game for the USA government shutdown, the mainstream media have hoisted their "piñata". He's got a good understanding of what will "sell".
"Every time we have a proposal, it is only yanked back by staff members", Graham said.
"As long as Steven Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration we are going no where", the SC lawmaker said.
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Miller "drives them insane, because he knows the immigration issue inside out, he effectively articulates what normal Americans believe, he sees right through all of their hollow and deceptive arguments, and he's not afraid of them, nor the reporters who enjoy carrying their water".
Some have even referred to the 32-year-old former Senate aide and immigration hardliner as "President Stephen Miller" for his outsized influence in the immigration debate.
"This shutdown is going to get a lot worse tomorrow".
Kelly didn't respond to an interview request and Miller directed questions to the White House press office. Senate Republicans have said they would give Democrats a vote to allow Dreamers - young people brought to this country as children - to stay.
As the government shutdown continued for its second day on Sunday, one thing was clear to both sides of the negotiations to end it: The President was either unwilling or unable to articulate the immigration policy he wanted, much less understand the nuances of what it would involve. "They hold us back from getting a solution", he wrote.
"President Trump has expressed a desire to have border security with compassion on immigration".
Marc Short, the White House's chief legislative liaison, dismissed rumbling about Miller's influence as "a very unfair characterization" and critics "looking for a bogeyman". "My sense is he's engaged in trying to carry out the president's agenda".More news: Philippines raises alert level for Mayon volcano