Update, April 15:

See my April 15 ilw.com comment:


After inexcusable delay, Democrats may start investigating the Trump-Miller agenda of hate and threat to destroy our democracy in order to carry out ethnic cleansing against brown and Muslim immigrants



Update, April 11, 4:36 pm:

Lawrence Douglas, Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, write as follows in The Guardian (April 11):

"Trump and Miller's answers to this [immigration] crisis follow a familiar litany: close the Mexican border, separate parents from their children. Cut off the Dreamers' pathway to citizenship. Bar refugees of violence from entering the United States. Limit public benefits for legal residents. Eliminate birthright citizenship.

These are cruel and indecent proposals that bring shame on our nation."


See: The Guardian:

Trump has unleashed Stephen Miller to inflict horrors on immigrants

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/11/trump-unleashed-stephen-miller-immigrants

My original comment follows:


As is all too typical in reporting about the Trump administration's immigration agenda, much of the media focus in dealing with the wide ranging purge at DHS, which could affect America's entire immigration system for many years to come, has dealt with the trivial:

Will Kirstjen Nielsen, who tried to defend, if not actually lie to Congress, about Trump;s hideous and brutal child separation policy, but who was finally humiliated and kicked out because she was not willing to defy the rule of law entirely in order to carry out the president's white supremacist goal of barring all brown immigrants at the Mexican border from applying for asylum, be able to get a job in the private sector? Does anyone really care?

There are also many stories about less prominent DHS officials who are also being purged to make way for Miller's total control. Should they have been working for Trump in the first place? While the pundits are agonizing over the fates of officials whom few of us have even heard of, there has been far less attention on Miller's own background of abysmally racist views and connections which are now about to become official US immigration policy- even more obviously than before.

Therefore, it is time to take a closer look at Stephen Miller's own background and history, with its long record of appalling racist and white supremacist connections even though he is only in his early 30's.It is not as if this information is obscure or unavailable. It is certainly not. Miller's record of bigotry has been apparent for quite some time. For a full description, we need look no further than to an article by Miller's own family member, in POLITICO dated August 13, 2018 called:

Stephen Miller is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I'm His Uncle

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/08/13/stephen-miller-is-an-immigration-hypocrite-i-know-because-im-his-uncle-219351

In the article, David S, Glosser, a retired neuropsychologist, describes how his grandfather and Miller's great grandfather, Sam Glosser fled poverty and persecution of the Jews in Czarist Russia at the turn of the last century, arrived in the US almost penniless, and ultimately founded a successful discount department store.

David Glosser continues:

"In the span of some 80 years and five decades, the [Glosser] family emerged from poverty in a hostile country to become a prosperous, educated clan of merchants, scholars, professionals and, most important, American citizens."

In other words, Stephen Millers forbears came to the US as part of the classic immigrant dream - the same dream which Trump and miller now want to deny to deny to immigrants who do not happen to have white skin color.

David Glosser continues:

"I have watched with dismay and horror as my nephew, an educated man who is well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family's life in this country.

I shudder at the thought of what would have become of the Glossers had the same policies Stephen so coolly espouses - the travel ban, the radical decrease in refugees, the separation of children from their parents, and even talk of limiting citizenship for legal immigrants - been in effect when [the Glosser family] made [its] desperate bid for freedom. The Glossers came to the U.S. just a few years before the fear and prejudice of the 'America First' nativists of the day closed the U.S. borders to Jewish refugees."


Miller's uncle continues:

"As in past generations, there were hate mongers who regarded the most recent groups of poor immigrants as scum, rapists, gangsters, drunks and terrorists, but largely the Glosser family was left alone to live our lives and build the American dream...This was the miracle of America."

Glosser then goes on to describe the appalling hypocrisy of Miller and his boss, Donald Trump in opposing what they derisively and insultingly (with obvious racial overtones, call "chain migration."

"Acting for so long in the theater of right wing politics, Stephen and Trump may have become numb to the human tragedy and blind to the hypocrisy of their policy decisions. After all, Stephen's was not the only family with a chain immigration story in the Trump administration. Trump's grandfather is reported to have been a German migrant on the run from military conscription to a new life in the United States, and his mother fled the poverty of rural Scotland for the economic possibilities of New York City. (Trump's in-laws just became citizens on the strength of his wife's own citizenship.)"

Glosser continues:

"These facts are important not only for their grim historical irony but because vulnerable people are being hurt. They are real people, not the ghoulish caricatures portrayed by Trump."

He adds::

"Trump wants to make us believe that these desperate migrants are an existential threat to the United States; the most powerful nation in world history and a nation made strong by immigrants. Trump and my nephew both know their immigrant and refugee roots. Yet they repeat the insults and false accusations of earlier generations against these families to make them seem less than human"

And Miller's uncle concludes:

"Most damning is the administration's evident intent to make policy that specifically disadvantages people based on their ethnicity, country of origin and religion. No matter what opinion is held about immigrants, any government that specifically enacts law or policy on that basis must be recognized as a threat to all of us. Laws bereft of justice are the gateway to tyranny."

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law