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President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, faced pointed questions about his plan to overhaul the immigration system in a closed-door meeting with Republican senators Tuesday — and failed to offer solutions to some key concerns, according to GOP officials who cast doubt on the viability of the proposal.
Publicly, senators emerged from their weekly Capitol Hill luncheon applauding the White House senior adviser’s pitch to move U.S. immigration toward a merit-based system that prioritizes highly skilled workers, a task he undertook at Trump’s behest.
But privately, Republican officials said Kushner did not have clear answers to some questions from the friendly audience, prompting Trump’s other senior adviser, Stephen Miller, to interrupt at times and take over the conversation.
The article goes on to state the following:
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss what transpired at the meeting.
At one point, Kushner told Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that his plan would not address Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program that shields some young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation. This left several senators confused because dealing with the “dreamers,” as the group of immigrants is often called, is crucial for securing any Democratic support.
The Washington Post further reported:
But some GOP senators left the meeting wondering whether Kushner understood the issue, the GOP officials said. Though some appreciated his efforts, they did not think his plan would advance anytime soon. No senator has stepped forward yet to turn Kushner’s plan into legislation.
“He’s in his own little world,” said one individual familiar with the discussion in the meeting, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely describe the session. “He didn’t give many details about what was in [his plan]. . . . And there were a number of instances where people had to step in and answer questions because he couldn’t.”
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Jared Kushner struggled to answer questions about his plan to overhaul the immigration system in a closed-door meeting with Republican senators, GOP officials tell WaPo. Senators left the meeting wondering whether Kushner understood the issue.https://t.co/L4K5VDsE6v
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 15, 2019
It’s almost like hiring your son-in-law to be a top White House advisor and giving him a vast, complicated portfolio isn’t a good idea when he has no government experience or subject-matter expertise https://t.co/v5Zh53RLuu pic.twitter.com/LXx9kps6fH
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) May 15, 2019
Incredibly, Jared Kushner’s “immigration plan” literally doesn’t address DACA & the Dreamers https://t.co/skbAlC86u5
— Matt Katz (@mattkatz00) May 15, 2019
Brutal assessment from GOP senators of Kushner’s grasp of immigration details https://t.co/WqHmtXSpc9
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 14, 2019
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