Graham: Stephen Miller makes immigration deal impossible

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C. speaks during a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 27 2015

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C. speaks during a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 27 2015

"Well, at the risk of being repetitious, I'm looking for something that President Trump supports", McConnell told reporters.

"The Stephen Miller approach to immigration has no viability".

Graham is still talking to immigration hardliners, but he's also convinced his own framework, brokered with Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is now the only one that can pass.

"Unfortunately, the "Gang of Six" proposal falls short since it fails to include even basic border security reforms", they said in a joint statement.

According to Republican consultant Rick Wilson, Graham's frustrations are shared, more quietly, by his GOP colleagues.

Along with Trump's "shithole" remark and other happenings in the current administration, CNN's Dana Bash asked Graham whether he thinks the president is racist.

Trump has said he'll end the program on March 5 unless Congress can come up with a fix.

U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Wednesday he would not vote for a Republican "continuing resolution" stopgap bill to fund the government temporarily and avert a partial shutdown this week, a Politico reporter said on Twitter. "Democrats seem to be willing to increase military spending".

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Neither Graham nor Trump is deploying a "scorched earth" approach to one another - at least not yet, and at least not publicly.

"I'm not gonna vote for a CR", Graham, a backer of the bipartisan Senate immigration deal President Donald Trump rejected last week, was quoted as saying. However, the aftermath of the recent meeting has left Graham somewhat of an island in a political environment growing more complicated and polarized by the day.

Republican leaders say immigration legislation should move separately.

Senators running out of a private meeting with the president of the United States like little kids and screaming, "He said this, he said that".

"I am really grateful that he was not a bystander when he heard an injustice", said Sen. "He showed a level of honor that is urgently needed right now".

Kelly reportedly invoked Trump's anger after giving an interview last night where he said that the president was not "fully informed" about immigration during the 2016 election, and was now moving towards an "evolved" perspective.

But he also cautioned that Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller could kill any immigration deal.

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