Schumer: Miller's involvement on immigration makes plan a 'surefire failure'

Schumer: Miller's involvement on immigration makes plan a 'surefire failure'
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump signs short-term spending bill to avert shutdown Senators urge Trump to suspend Huawei license approvals Tensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' MORE (D-N.Y.) knocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE's immigration proposal on Thursday and warned that White House advisor Stephen MillerStephen MillerCNN's Cuomo tries to discredit Trump on overhearing conversations without speakerphone More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Hillary Clinton: 'Every day Stephen Miller remains in the White House is an emergency' MORE's involvement meant the plan would fail. 
 
Schumer, speaking from the Senate floor ahead of the White House unveiling, said Miller's "hands … are all over this plan" and noted the former Senate staffer attended a closed-door GOP lunch along with Trump son-in-law and advisor Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump steps up GOP charm offensive as impeachment looms UN pushes back on US reversal on Israeli settlements Pompeo announces Israeli settlements do not violate international law MORE and Vice President Pence. 
 
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"He had a watchful eye when other administration officials came into the Republican lunch and talked about it," Schumer said. “When Stephen Miller … is in the room, it is a surefire failure."
 
Schumer didn't attend the GOP lunch, but he appeared to referring to a Washington Post report that Miller interrupted Kushner "several times" during the closed-door meeting with the Senate Republican caucus. 
 
Miller has long been viewed as an antagonist to bipartisan immigration efforts on Capitol Hill, and has had a hand in some of the most controversial policies coming out of the Trump White House. Before that, while working for then-Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMore than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage To understand death behind bars, we need more information MORE in the Senate, he fought against the 2013 Gang of Eight immigration bill that died in the GOP-controlled House.
 
Trump rolled out his new immigration plan on Thursday saying it would make the United States "the pride of our nation and the envy of the world.
 
Trump described the proposal as overhauling legal immigration to favor high-skilled workers, allocating more money for border security and cracking down on "meritless" asylum claims.