Today, during an interview with CNN’s Kate Bolduan, well-known and highly regarded immigration attorney and policy expert David Leopold referred to White House adviser Stephen Miller as a white nationalist. Bolduan quickly came to Miller’s defense:
Leopold: I have no doubt that this administration, Donald Trump, who’s advised by a white nationalist, Stephen Miller, in the White House—
Bolduan: I don’t know if you want to go as far as to, I mean, let’s not, I just did an entire segment about civility here, I don’t know if you want to call Stephen Miller a white nationalist.
Leopold: It’s not an uncivil thing, I would argue that it’s a fact, but okay.
Bolduan: Honestly, I have not seen that, where is the fact on that?
Leopold: Well, look at the type of policies that we’ve seen from this administration. Look at who’s getting targeted by this administration.
As Splinter’s Clio Chang argued, “White nationalism is an ideology. Calling someone a white nationalist—whether or not they like being called that—when they are pushing for and implementing white nationalist policy is a factual statement.”
America’s Voice Political Director Matt Hildreth is out with a new long-form analysis of the white nationalist movement, Stephen Miller’s longstanding ties to the movement, and his disturbing role crafting the Trump administration’s immigration policies. As Hildreth notes:
Is Stephen Miller a white nationalist?
Since no official definition of “white nationalist” exists, it’s tough to say, but what we do know is that Stephen Miller has long-standing ties to leaders who have expressly advocated for white control of our political system and that Miller has repeatedly advocated for many of the policies supported by white nationalists while serving as a senior advisor in Donald Trump’s White House.
If your definition of a white nationalist is “someone who hangs around white nationalists, shares their views, and advances their policies,” the answer seems pretty clear.
…Stephen Miller is obsessed with demographics and all of his major policy achievements, from the Muslim travel ban to the “zero tolerance” child separation program, have focused on implementing policies that keep new immigrants out while expelling those already here.
These policies include:
- Implementing a Muslim travel ban (which Stephen Miller wrote)
- Turning away asylum-seekers at the border, even women and children fleeing violence
- Separating and detaining children at the United States-Mexico Border
- Deporting mothers and fathers who have lived in the U.S. for decades, who have U.S. citizen children, and who have committed no crimes
- Cancelling temporary protected status (TPS) for the hundreds of thousands of immigrant-Americans that the program protects
- Drastically reducing the number of refugees admitted by the United states
- Eliminating the diversity visa
- Changing “legal” immigration routes like family migration so that visas for family members are slashed in half
According to David Leopold:
Stephen Miller has long-standing links to groups designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, including extremist anti-immigrant hate groups. Miller has worked closely with notorious white nationalists, such as Richard Spencer and Peter Brimlow. Nor is this simply guilt by unsavory association. Miller has pushed what only can be described as an anti-immigrant agenda, which targets discrete groups, based on their religion and color of their skin, for deportation from the U.S. Miller pushes a brutal nativist agenda, which has led to an attempt to ban people from the U.S. because of their religion; the mass deportation of long-term residents, most of whom came to the U.S. for a better life for their children; and, most recently, the despicable policy of forcibly separating children, some only toddlers, from their parents at the Southern border. We have to ask ourselves who’s targeted by the policies pushed by Stephen Miller? What do they have in common? It’s not uncivil to speak the truth. And the truth is that Stephen Miller is a white nationalist.
In short, Leopold is correct: Stephen Miller is a white nationalist.