Best thing about losing Trump is Stephen Miller leaving White House – Reason.com
In September 2015, Stephen Miller, then assistant to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Emailed a Breitbart employee on what he considered Pope Francis’ overly liberal views on immigration. “Someone should report [to the Pope] parallels with The Camp of the Saints, he said, referring to the 1975 french novel on the allegedly disastrous effects of migration.
Written by Jean Raspail, the book follows hundreds of thousands of Indians as they embarked for France to claim the “comfort of the white man”. According to Raspail’s account, migrants eat excrement, “swarthy skin”, “frizzy hair” and sexually depraved: “Everywhere, rivers of sperm. Flowing over the body, oozing between the breasts, and buttocks, and thighs, and lips, and fingers…. Men with women, men with men, women with women, men with children, children between them, their slender fingers playing eternal games of carnal pleasure. “
Miller became a special advisor to President Donald Trump and one of the administration’s main tailors of immigration policies. A farewell to Miller’s approach, apparently guided by his contempt for migrants as human beings, is arguably the biggest benefit of the end of the Trump administration.
Miller’s dossier is full of patches of freedom that, in theory, should unite just about everyone – conservatives, progressives, libertarians and those in between – in opposition. He is perhaps best known for his role in implementing a “zero tolerance” policy on the Mexican border, in which migrant parents were systematically separated from their children as part of a deterrence strategy. (hundreds are not yet reunited.) But while this is perhaps the administration’s most infamous immigration controversy, Miller has also worked to orchestrate Trump’s broader restrictive policies. Some of these attempts were successful; others don’t. Some attempts were legal; others may not.
For example: Miller sought to integrate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the government group responsible for the safe assimilation of migrant refugees in the United States. Miller reportedly hoped to speed up deportations of adults who came forward to sponsor migrant children. Unfortunately for Miller, it is illegal for the Department of Homeland Security to use federal funds to detain or deport potential sponsors for unaccompanied foreign minors, so they rejected the proposal. But the department allowed the ICE to collect biometric data on these adults, potentially giving them the ability to track and deport them for minor offenses.
Likewise, Miller attempted to transfer a Treasury Department employee to an advisory role with the Social Security Administration in order to more easily trace personally identifiable information for evictions.
As special adviser, Miller pushed for a government shutdown at the end of 2018, which lasted in 2019, lasting 35 days and becoming the longest shutdown in U.S. history, all in an attempt to get $ 5.7 billion for a border wall. (The Republican-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House broke their promises, and Trump ultimately declared a national emergency.)
Unsurprisingly, Miller opposite Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Obama-era program providing immigrants who came to this country as children with temporary protection from deportation. Seventy-four percent of Americans and 68 percent of Republicans support the program. In the leaked emails between Miller and Breitbart, he railed against DACA and birthright citizenship, and compared immigrants to terrorists. After all, Miller is the man who reportedly said he “would be happy if a single refugee foot never touched American soil again.” Although Trump promised during his campaign to protect DACA beneficiaries, he turned their precarious status into political capital; when the courts refused to annul program, Trump has decided to limit who can apply for such protections.
There are many potential drawbacks to Joe Biden’s incoming administration, but the bar for immigration policy has been set low. At the very least, the new president is unlikely to call upon an adviser with such an inhuman approach as Miller’s.