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 SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) knocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE's immigration proposal on Thursday and warned that White House advisor Stephen MillerStephen MillerOvernight Defense: Trump hits Iranian central bank with sanctions | Trump meeting with Ukrainian leader at UN | Trump touts relationship with North Korea's Kim as 'best thing' for US California trip shows Trump doesn't always hate the media Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions 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 officials mull plan to divert billions more to border wall: report California trip shows Trump doesn't always hate the media Trump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy 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 reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' 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.