Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been a critic of President Trump and his administration for a long time, and is now trying to stall immigration reform. He renewed his criticism of White House aides’ handling of immigration, portraying them as having undercut President Trump’s ability to cut a deal.
Graham is singling out White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, a pugnacious conservative who has had an ambitious focus on restrictive immigration policy. Graham is doing what he can to marginalize this prominent Jewish voice within the GOP, in order to keep the borders open and unsecured.
“As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we are going nowhere. He’s been outlier for years,” Graham said to reporters.
While Miller has “evolved on a pathway to citizenship,” Graham added that “his view of immigration has never been mainstream in the Senate.”
Graham may be correct, as the Senate is largely in favor of open borders because it would help their corporate and special interest benefactors benefit from cheap labor. But amongst Republicans, there is a huge mandate for closing the borders and building Trump’s wall. Graham even refuses to debate Miller on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s program, apparently lacking the courage of his convictions.
Earlier this past month, Miller told Fox News: “We can have an immigration system that 10, 20, 30, 50 years from now produces more assimilation, higher wages, more economic opportunity, and better prospects for immigrants and U.S. born alike.”