What could Donald Trump’s top advisers, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller, be doing that thrills the president so much? After all, POTUS has dumped on Kushner: Middle East peace, the opioid crisis, the VA and criminal justice reform, turning the government into a business, and diplomacy with China and Mexico. What is one more task?
Then, there was the white-nationalist friendly Miller. Trump decided these two would be perfect for reinventing the country’s immigration system. What could go wrong here? Well, they did not ask for input from the Senate or the House. Then, the duo briefed the Republicans but unnecessarily left out all of the Democrats. How ironic that Donald Trump announced his new immigration plan on the day a fourth toddler died just this year after being detained by ICE at the border with Mexico.
The president introduced his new immigration plan during a speech in the White House’s Rose Garden. He said according to NBC News:
‘Today we are presenting a clear contrast. Democrats are proposing open borders, lower wages and, frankly, lawless chaos. We are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs, wages and safety of American workers first.’
Miller’s uncle Dr. David Glosser, a retired neuropsychologist, wrote in POLITICO that his nephew is a well-educated man with a Jewish grandmother, but:
‘I have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, an educated man who is well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country.’
‘I shudder at the thought of what would have become of the Glossers had the same policies Stephen so coolly espouses— the travel ban, the radical decrease in refugees, the separation of children from their parents, and even talk of limiting citizenship for legal immigrants — been in effect when Wolf-Leib (his Jewish grandfather) made his desperate bid for freedom.
The president said he would use his “common sense” plan to paint Democrats as “unreasonable during the 2020 elections” unless they vote for his plan.
‘If for some reason, possibly political, we can’t get the Democrats to approve this merit-based, high-security plan, then we will get it approved immediately after the election when we take back the House, keep the Senate and, of course, hold the presidency. One of the reasons we will win is because of our strong, fair and pro-American immigration policy.’
Miller’s uncle continued:
‘The Glossers came to the U.S. just a few years before the fear and prejudice of the “America first” nativists of the day closed U.S. borders to Jewish refugees. Had Wolf-Leib waited, his family likely would have been murdered by the Nazis along with all but seven of the 2,000 Jews who remained in Antopol.’
The Democrats and even some of the Republicans asked why the immigration do-over did not include the millions of members of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program or Dreamers. This has been a priority for Democrats ever since Trump shredded President Barack Obama’s vital DACA program.
Miller uncle added:
‘I would encourage Stephen to ask himself if the chanting, torch-bearing Nazis of Charlottesville, whose support his boss seems to court so cavalierly, do not envision a similar fate for him.’
Trump’s speech is shown in its entirety below: