Stephen Miller, one of the architects behind the Trump Administration's harsh immigration policies such as the barring of individuals from Muslim majority countries, cuts to legal immigration, family separation, and the rescission of DACA, used his influence in the White House to torpedo bipartisan legislation that would have provided permanent protections for Dreamers. Miller has worked to end DACA and hold the program’s recipients hostage in exchange for dramatic cuts to legal immigration and harsh attrition through enforcement measures.
- Stephen Miller worked for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) before joining the Trump campaign as an advisor in January of 2016.
- As one of Sessions’ and then Trump’s most trusted policy advisors, Miller has played a significant role in influencing opposition to immigration reform.
- According to Haaretz, anti-Muslim speaker David Horowitz served as Miller’s mentor during college and “eventually started Miller out on his political career by introducing him to Sessions.”
- While still in high school, Miller helped bring Horowitz to speak at his school and published several pieces decrying so-called liberal indoctrination for the Horowitz-published FrontPage Magazine.
- While attending Duke University, Miller authored several controversial op-eds claiming that former Sen. Ted Kennedy was “a traitor” for opposing torture, and that multiculturalism is akin to “segregation.”
- The former Sessions staffer played a role in pushing through the first version of the Trump Administration’s “travel ban.” Gene Hamilton, a Senate colleague of Miller’s, was said to have joined Miller and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon to help release the first version of the ban. Hamilton, who now serves as a senior adviser at the Department of Homeland Security, is one of a number of former Sessions staffers who have been placed in positions within the Trump Administration.
- Prior to joining DHS, Hamilton served as Sessions’ general counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- During a March 2016 episode of a Breitbart radio program with Stephen Bannon, Miller called for an “immigration-off period.”
- At a May 2015 CIS-hosted awards ceremony honoring Breitbart reporter Neil Munro, Miller praised the honoree and CIS’s Director of Research Steve Camarota.
Attacks on DACA
- Since joining the Trump Administration, Miller has pushed the President to target undocumented youth by rescinding protections for these young people.
- The White House Policy Advisor helped to craft a set of anti-immigrant policy priorities outlined by the White House and submitted to congressional leaders. The White House letter to Congress regarding these priorities demanded that they “be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.”
- Miller devised a bill to cut family based legal immigration avenues by 85%. Miller’s leading external allies, like Mark Krikorian of CIS and Dan Stein of FAIR, have proposed what they want as a trade for DACA: threaten the deportation of 800,000 Dreamers in exchange for a massive ramp-up in enforcement, mandatory e-verify, workplace raids, wall funding, capping guest worker programs, and huge cuts to legal immigration.
- This is essentially the same trade offered in 2010 by opponents of immigration reform.