Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) just stepped down from her presidential campaign citing inadequate funding. Yet, the former Attorney General for all of California is not a person to mess with, and she has Donald Trump’s senior policy adviser Stephen Miller in her sites. When she speaks, people listen.
White-supremacist-leaning Miller has nearly always been lurking in the shadows of the American president’s photos. Trump gave this strange man the responsibility for all of the immigration policies. As a result, children were ripped from their mothers’ arms. Toddlers were left alone in a cold dog cage run with a thin Mylar blanket for cold comfort. Children died from the flu due to a lack of medical care.
The Trump administration did not even have a plan to reunite children to their parents, so there was no system for tracking them. As a result of these draconian measures, Harris has asked the president to fire Miller and over two dozen fellow legislators joined her.
Senior reporter for The Huffington Post Christopher Mathias wrote:
‘NEW: In a remarkable letter sent to the White House today, @KamalaHarris leads 27 senators in calling for the “immediate removal” of white nationalist Stephen Miller.’
Harris constructed a letter destined for Trump urging him to fire Miller, according to Vice. She was joined by these 2020 presidential candidates: Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
The former California attorney general wrote:
‘[Miller] is unfit to serve in any capacity at the White House, let alone as a senior policy adviser.’
‘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. We write to demand the immediate removal of Stephen Miller as your advisor.’
Harris drafted her letter after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a report analyzing almost 1,000 of the 34-year-old’s emails. Miller sent them to the ultra-conservative publication, The Breitbart News. One example he liked was a book about “white genocide” committed by people of color “who eat feces.”
Miller sent the emails during 2015 and 2016 when he was Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) aide. The emails were filled with white nationalist website and book citations.
Since Trump gave him immigration, Miller has complained to border officials that they were not being difficult enough.
In their letter to the White House, Harris and her fellow legislators show immigration policies purported to be credited to Miller. It referenced the list of the immigration policies that Miller is believed to have implemented. They also included the travel ban on six predominantly Muslim countries.
‘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.’
Note that the president’s aide did not address white immigrants, only those of color. The letter continued:
‘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 benefit.’
Harris and her Senate colleagues aren’t the only elected Democrats who are seeking Miller’s removal from office. Over 80 Democrats in the House have said Miller should resign, and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has started an online petition to demand his resignation.