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 SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE (D-N.Y.) knocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE's immigration proposal on Thursday and warned that White House advisor Stephen MillerStephen MillerTop Democrats question legal basis for appointing Cuccinelli as temporary immigration chief Five memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House Trump taps former ICE director to return as 'border czar' 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 puts the cart before the horse in Palestine Negotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline GOP launches 'WinRed' online fundraising site in response to Democrats' small-donor advantage 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 SessionsTrump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' Time magazine: Trump threatened reporter with prison time 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.