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Tell Congress: Stop funding Stephen Miller's white nationalist agenda

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The petition to Congress reads:

"Approving billions more for immigration enforcement is approving billions more for Stephen Miller's white nationalist agenda. Reject the White House's $4.5 billion emergency spending request."

    Tell Congress: Stop funding Stephen Miller's white nationalist agenda

    White House adviser Stephen Miller is the driving force behind many of the Trump administration's most cruel anti-immigrant policies.

    Miller authored the first Muslim ban and convinced Donald Trump to enact family separation.1 He is not an elected official. He has no background in immigration reform. His expertise lies in the dissemination of racism and xenophobia.

    We cannot let a person whom the people did not elect and Senate did not confirm destroy the country's immigration system and institutionalize hate.2 Unfortunately, Congress does not have the power to remove Miller, but it can stop his agenda by refusing to fund it. Speak out now to demand that Congress reject the White House's latest funding request to expand its war on immigrants.3

    Tell Congress: Stop funding Stephen Miller's white nationalist agenda. Reject the White House's $4.5 billion emergency spending request.

    The White House wants a staggering $4.5 billion from Congress to supercharge the border crisis it created. Trump, Miller and their cronies tried to spin this request as a desperate need for humanitarian aid at the border but, we know that there is nothing humane about their cruel policies or hateful agenda. If Congress approves this request, it would give ICE and CBP the power to lock more immigrants behind bars indefinitely, hire more troops and further militarize the border. We cannot allow that to happen.

    Miller is at the center of all of this. Not only is he designing policies that are causing immense harm to immigrant communities nationwide, it also appears that he is influencing major personnel decisions at DHS. Miller allegedly convinced Trump to pull his ICE director nominee and push out former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the architect of baby jails. It's clear that Miller and Trump are trying to replace Nielsen and top immigration officials with people even more extreme and cruel.4 Kevin McAleenan, the man who gave CBP agents the greenlight to tear gas refugee families, is now acting head of DHS. Trump's top pick to head USCIS is a former leader of an anti-immigrant hate group.5 Miller is steering this ship and Congress needs to take the wheel now. If it doesn't, immigrants and our democracy will pay the price.

    Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Democrat who is chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, recently invited Miller to testify after news broke that Trump was planning to hand him – an unelected, unaccountable adviser – control over the country's immigration policies.6 Miller rejected the invitation. But that's not the only oversight tool Congress can use to expose and stop him. Speak out now to demand that Congress use the power of the purse to block Miller's white nationalist agenda.

    Tell Congress: Stop funding Stephen Miller's white nationalist agenda. Reject the White House's $4.5 billion emergency spending request.

    Thanks for fighting back.

    References:

    1. Eric Levitz, "If You Are Defending Stephen Miller, You Are an Ally of Anti-Semitism," New York Magazine, April 9, 2019
    2. Heather Timmons, "Trump’s anti-immigration zealot Stephen Miller is behind the purge at Homeland Security," Quartz, April 8, 2019
    3. Erica Werner, Maria Sacchetti and Nick Miroffs, "White House asks Congress for $4.5 billion in emergency spending at border," The Washington Post, May 1, 2019
    4. Jeremy Diamond, Kaitlan Collins and Phil Mattingly, "How Stephen Miller tightened his grip over Trump's immigration and border policy," CNN, April 10, 2019
    5. Ted Hesson, Anita Kumar and Andy Restuccia, "White House eyeing former head of anti-immigration group for DHS job," POLITICO, April 10, 2019
    6. Tal Axelrod, "Cummings invites Stephen Miller to testify before Oversight panel on 'troubling' immigration policies," The Hill, April 17, 2019

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