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White House fires back at Graham: 'He’s been an outlier for years’

The White House hit back at Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamUS Chamber of Commerce comes out in support of bipartisan, bicameral immigration bill Joe Lieberman to push senators on DC statehood GOP sees immigration as path to regain power MORE’s (R-S.C.) comments calling White House aide Stephen Miller an “outlier” on immigration, using the same phrase to describe Graham’s stance on the topic.

“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,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement Sunday night, according to several reports.

Graham had used nearly identical terms to describe Miller on immigration earlier in the day.

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"Every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members. As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we're going nowhere," the senator told reporters.

Democrats have complained about Miller's involvement in immigration talks, saying that he is pushing President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies MORE too far to the right and preventing the administration from being able to reach a deal with Congress.

The comments come as lawmakers struggle to come to an agreement on immigration as the government shutdown nears the end of its second day.