Republican lawmakers were reportedly underwhelmed by a White House plan on immigration reform, spearheaded by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
He was unable to answer key questions about the plan, leaving Stephen Miller, a senior White House adviser and immigration hardliner, to explain the proposal, The Washington Post reported Tuesday night.
Kushner even reportedly conceded that his plan would not address the fate of hundreds of thousands of young unauthorized immigrants — a crucial component to winning over Democratic support.
GOP senators such as Lindsey Graham and Mitt Romney said the plan catered to Republicans, but would fail to garner votes from Democrats.
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Republican senators are reportedly less than impressed by a White House plan to overhaul the US immigration system, which left gaping holes on major issues such as the future of the young unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers.”
The lawmakers met Tuesday with senior advisers Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller to go over the plan, which CNN reported would be unveiled Thursday.
Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has been working behind the scenes for months to create an immigration proposal that can both crack down on border security and prioritize high-skilled immigrants in a so-called “merit-based” system.
But Republican officials told The Washington Post that Kushner was unable to answer a number of questions about his own plan. Instead, Miller, a staunch immigration hardliner, reportedly stepped in to answer lawmakers’ queries and at times interrupted Kushner.
“[Kushner’s] in his own little world,” one person familiar with the meeting told The Post. “He didn’t give many details … And there were a number of instances where people had to step in and answer questions because he couldn’t.”
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