On Thursday, Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas introduced a resolution condemning the presence of white nationalist Trump advisor Stephen Miller in the White House and calling for his immediate resignation.
“It is unacceptable for the Trump Administration to knowingly install a known white nationalist and believer of white supremacist ideology in a position of power and influence over federal policy,” Castro said in a statement. “Stephen Miller’s presence in the Trump White House has allowed him to sow hate into federal policy, grind our immigration system to a halt, and encourage the President’s own xenophobic beliefs.”
Miller, a speechwriter and senior advisor to Trump, worked closely with early White House officials like Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions to craft Trump’s rhetoric, particularly on immigration. Since then, he’s become one of President Trump’s most trusted and influential advisors and is credited as the mind behind some of the cruelest Trump administration immigration policies.
In November, the Southern Poverty Law Center released 900 previously private emails from Miller. The emails, sent before Miller worked for Trump, show Miller’s correspondence with the rightwing site Breitbart, which expose, according to SPLC, “the racist source material that has influenced Miller’s visions of policy.”
“Americans, and in particular the Latino community, will never forget it was President Trump and Stephen Miller’s hateful rhetoric that helped inspire the deadly attack in El Paso where 22 individuals were killed for being Latino,” Castro continued in his statement. “When we see the families suffering at the border or being torn apart by ICE raids, we can look to Stephen Miller as the main architect of the Administration’s cruel anti-immigrant policies. He must be removed from the White House immediately to stop further damage to our country and our communities.”
The resolution introduced by Castro into the Democratic-led House calling for Miller’s resignation was co-sponsored by other caucus chairs, including the chairs of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus Chair. A companioning version is set to be introduced into the Senate.
Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Image
Fernando covers Texas politics and government at the Texas Signal. Before joining the Signal, Fernando spent two years at the Houston Chronicle and previously interned at Houston’s NPR station News 88.7. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, and enjoys reading, highlighting things, and arguing on social media. You can follow him on Twitter at @fernramirez93 or email at email@example.com