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President Donald Trump poses for his official portrait at The White House, in Washington, D.C., on Friday, October 6, 2017. ...(more)

Senior White House policy advisor Stephen Miller, an immigration hawk (whose grandparents were immigrants), was instrumental in formulating immigration policy under President Donald Trump.

"On January 11, 2018," according to The New Yorker's Jonathan Blitzer, "Trump summoned Dick Durbin, a Democratic senator from Illinois, and Lindsey Graham, from South Carolina, to the White House so that they could explain the terms of a bipartisan deal they'd reached [on immigration]. It would offer a path to citizenship for DACA* recipients in exchange for increased border security and enforcement measures. The President told the senators that he was ready to back their plan. But, two hours later, when they entered the Oval Office, they found that they were not alone. Miller had invited a group of far-right Republicans—including Tom Cotton and David Perdue, the sponsors of a bill to cut legal immigration in half—to join them. The 'fix is in,' Durbin told an aide. When Graham brought up Haitian immigrants, while explaining an aspect of the agreement, Trump asked, 'Why would we want all these people from shithole countries?' He now refused to endorse the deal he had supported that morning."

* The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Wikipedia explains, "is a United States immigration policy that allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States after being brought to the country as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit in the U.S. To be eligible for the program, recipients cannot have felonies or serious misdemeanors on their records. Unlike the proposed DREAM Act, DACA does not provide a path to citizenship for recipients. The policy, an executive branch memorandum, was announced by President Barack Obama on June 15, 2012."

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