Miller’s ever growing power at the White House allows him to make his racist fantasies a reality
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Washington, D.C. – This week, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hatewatch” section published a series of leaked emails by Trump adviser Stephen Miller, which showed his hatred and racism towards Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients began long before his tenure in the White House.
While Miller was an aide to then U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, he continually pitched white nationalist stories about DACA to the right-wing publication Breitbart. In the emails, he suggests immigrant youth with DACA will replace Americans born in the United States. According to Newsweek’s Benjamin Fearnow who wrote on the finding of the emails: “White nationalists often promote the idea of the “great replacement” in their propaganda. Manifestos linked to terror suspects have cited this idea to justify acts of violence.”
In response to the article, Bruna Sollod, DACA recipient and Communications Director at United We Dream, said:
“Stephen Miller spewing white nationalist propaganda about DACA and Trump’s decision to kill the program are connected. Miller entered the White House with a goal of killing the program and deporting the 700,000 immigrant youth that are protected by it. He was advising Trump on immigration when the administration announced the end of the program on September 5, 2017.
Now, Miller and Trump expect the Supreme Court to help them kill DACA once and for all. Make no mistake, if the Supreme Court sides with Miller and Trump more than 700,000 immigrant youth will be in danger of being criminalized by the deportation force of ICE and CBP and deported.”
This latest news on DACA follows an investigative report by CNN showing ICE is reopening long closed deportation cases in order to detain and deport immigrant youth. During the Supreme Court’s oral arguments, Chief Justice John Roberts was dangerously mistaken when he said the Trump administration is “not going to deport people,” and this CNN report shows us just how ICE is preparing to create a new wave of family separation crisis in every state of this country.
Full Newsweek Article
BY BENJAMIN FEARNOW
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller railed against Republicans he saw as too weak on immigration and suggested Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients would one day replace white Americans, leaked emails to Breitbart News between 2015 and 2016 show.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hatewatch” section published its latest series of emails Tuesday which were leaked by an ex-Breitbart editor. The emails reveal Miller pitching white nationalist and vigilantly anti-immigrant ideas to the right-wing publication while he was a rising GOP aide to then-Senator Jeff Sessions and later a top Trump campaign policy adviser on immigration. Miller’s latest leaked messages show he shared an article from far-right website WorldNetDaily with Phyllis Schlafly, who suggested the idea of shipping immigrants out of the U.S. on trains as a scare tactic and expressed fears that migrants might “replace existing demographics.”
Miller’s emails blast DACA, former President Barack Obama and Republicans including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for what he described as their support of “illegal immigration.” As Newsweek previously noted in following the Miller “Hatewatch” series, Miller also attacked Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio and cheered after he dropped out of the 2016 presidential race against then-candidate Trump.
“Jeb [Bush] has mastered the art of using immigration rhetoric to sound ‘moderate’ while pushing the most extremist policies,” Miller wrote, adding that Bush wanted to use “immigration to replace existing demographics.”
As the SPLC’s Michael Hayden notes, Miller refers to a “great replacement” theory frequently expressed by extreme white nationalist figures and in the manifestos of several mass shooter suspects.
“Demanding DREAMers be given citizenship because they ‘know no other home.’ That principle is an endorsement of perpetual birthright citizenship for the foreign-born,” Miller wrote in the email, referring to DACA recipients. “Not only will the U.S.-born children of future illegal immigrants and guest workers be made automatic U.S. citizens, but their foreign-born children will too because, as [former Republican House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor said, ‘Our country was founded on the principle.'”
In September 2017, Trump announced he would roll back the DACA program, which has been utilized by more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants since Obama created it in 2012. Eligibility is extended to individuals who have lived in the U.S. illegally since they were born, a group commonly referred to as “dreamers.” According to Department of Homeland Security statistics, only a few thousand dreamers have had their DACA status revoked or terminated by the agency between 2012 and 2017.
In a June 2015 email, Miller lamented that “illegal youth” are allowed to remain in the U.S. as he said they soak up “both work permits and generous free cash tax credits.” Miller, writing to Katie McHugh, the former Breitbart editor who leaked the emails, used the subject line, “The Immigration Surge” to make his point.
The more than 900 leaked emails involving Miller’s correspondence with Breitbart repeatedly show his effort to promote the idea of a massively expanding “foreign-born share” of the U.S. workforce displacing current demographics.
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.