Van Hollen to Trump: Fire Stephen Miller
U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined 26 other senators on Monday demanding that President Trump fire White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller.
“Recent reports confirm that he advanced white nationalist, anti-immigrant ideologies,” the senators said of Miller. “Continuing to employ him as the senior architect of your immigration policies ensures that those policies discriminate against individuals of color to advance white nationalist ideals. He must be removed.”
The lawmakers pointed to reports about emails Miller sent when he was an aide to then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) that showed him promoting white supremacist talking points.
“Mr. Miller’s demonstrable white nationalist ideology has been directly translated into your administration’s policies, which have been widely criticized for systematically targeting communities of color,” the senators wrote to Trump this week.
Civil rights groups and more than 100 House Democrats have also called for Miller to be removed from his White House job.
Asked about Miller’s emails, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told The Washington Post last month that the Southern Poverty Law Center, the civil rights group that released a report about Miller’s emails, was “an utterly-discredited, long-debunked far-left smear organization.”
The letter sent Monday was also signed by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.).