Senior White House aide Stephen Miller helped devise the RAISE Act, a bill to cut family-based legal immigration avenues by 85%. Miller’s primary external allies, like Mark Krikorian and CIS, have proposed a trade for DACA: threaten the deportation of 800,000 DACA recipients in exchange for a mass round ups, mandatory e-verify, workplace raids, border wall funding and huge cuts to legal immigration. This is essentially the same trade offered in 2010 by anti-immigrant advocates.
- 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.
- 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.