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Is senior policy advisor Stephen Miller the problem in reaching an immigration deal?

Screenshot from CBS News' YouTube video: Sen. Graham accuses Stephen Miller for lack of immigration deal

The long-running dispute over DACA and other items involving immigration that have led to a government shutdown seem very difficult to resolve. The White House wants a border wall and to do away with chain migration, while the Democrats want a deal made on DACA to allow the Dreamers to stay. Every time it seems a deal is about to be struck, something stops it and Senator Lindsey Graham has named the person he thinks is the problem. That person is senior policy advisor Stephen Miller.

According to Politico, Senator Graham commented, “As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we are going nowhere. He’s been an outlier for years.” Graham added, “I’ve talked with the president — his heart is right on this issue….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.”

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley countered, according to The Hill, “As long as Sen. Graham chooses to support legislation that sides with people in this country illegally and unlawfully instead of our own American citizens, we’re going nowhere. He’s been an outlier for years.” The comments by Senator Graham raise the question: Is Stephen Miller the problem when it comes to reaching a deal on immigration?

CBS News covers Sen. Graham blaming Stephen Miller for no immigration deal

The Issue

Is senior policy advisor Stephen Miller the problem when it comes to reaching a deal on immigration? Is he a hard-right extremist who is sabotaging these negotiations? Or, is he vital to them because he represents the feelings of the American people?

Page 2: Arguments that Miller is the problem

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