A new letter from 27 Senate Democrats calls for the “immediate removal” of Stephen Miller from his senior policy advisor role, citing his ties to white nationalism and calling him “unfit to serve in any capacity at the White House.” The new Senate letter, which was led by Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), was first reported by HuffPost and reads in part:
what is driving Mr. Miller … [is not] national security, it’s white supremacy—something that has no place in our country, federal government, and especially not the White House … Mr. Miller is unfit to serve in any capacity at the White House, let alone as a senior policy adviser.
The 27 Senators also note that Miller’s “demonstrable white nationalist ideology” is seen in many of the Trump administration’s nativist policies – echoing many of the key points from a recent America’s Voice report exploring those same connections. As the letter states:
The Muslim ban targeted individuals of color and caused chaos at U.S. airports around the country, wreaking havoc on the lives of countless individuals and families … The family separation policy tore children from their families, resulting in widely reported mistreatment and human rights abuses of immigrants in detention facilities nationwide. The rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has thrown the lives of hundreds of thousands of DREAMers into chaos and instability …Mr. Miller has also reportedly advanced your administration’s efforts to slash refugee admissions, limit asylum access for vulnerable populations, prevent extensions of Temporary Protected Status to those granted safety from humanitarian crises abroad, and disqualify immigrants who use public resources from receiving certain immigration benefits.
… Each and every one of these policies has a disproportionate adverse impact on communities of color and our country. Each and every one of them aligns with the white nationalist ideals espoused by Mr. Miller in his e-mails.
The HuffPost story also highlights how the 27 Senators’ new letter is part of a larger wave of condemnation over Miller and joins other calls for him to resign from both policymakers and outside organizations:
All told, nearly 40 U.S. senators, all Democrats, have now called for Miller to either resign or be fired. Over 100 members of the House of Representatives, also all Democrats, wrote their own letter to the White House last month demanding Miller’s ouster. More than 50 prominent civil rights organizations, including the NAACP, wrote to the White House with the same demand.
A coalition of Jewish groups organizing under the banner Jews Against White Nationalism have called on Miller, who is Jewish, to quit. ‘As your fellow American Jews,’ they wrote in a petition, ‘we will not rest until you resign.’
Read the HuffPost story: “Kamala Harris Leads Senators In Demanding ‘Immediate Removal’ Of Stephen Miller”
Read the new America’s Voice report: “The Stephen Miller Emails: Once Far-Right White Nationalist Ideas Are Now U.S. Policies”