Stephen Miller, senior advisor to President Trump, was called out by his uncle in an essay for Politico on Monday.
You may know Miller for his far-right activism, but he’s come under even more scrutiny for his role in the Trump administration. Inspired by Miller’s view on immigration, a family member spoke out against him.
Calling Miller an “immigration hypocrite,” David Glosser wrote to Politico about the family’s history as immigrants — and speak out about Miller’s actions.
— Adam Serwer ? (@AdamSerwer) August 13, 2018
The first generation of the family to come to America, “set foot on Ellis Island on January 7, 1903, with $8 to his name,” and rose to success in the department store business, wrote Glosser. Glosser said he “watched with dismay and increasing horror” as Miller’s ideas about immigration came out and believes that the ideas “repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country.”
While Glosser mostly confronts his nephew’s stance, the essay speaks to the larger anti-immigrant ideas of the Trump administration. Glosser recognizes that his family’s journey wasn’t always easy, but they “largely had the protection of the law, there was no state sponsored violence against us, no kidnapping of our male children, and we enjoyed good relations with our neighbors,” unlike what immigrants face today.
Glosser details many of his specific issues with current policies, but what starts as harsh words for Miller ends as a call to action to all Americans.
obviously no piece of writing is going to make Stephen Miller less heinous but “hey check out my piece of shit nephew” is v good content
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) August 13, 2018
“As free Americans, and the descendants of immigrants and refugees,” says Glosser, “We have the obligation to exercise our conscience by voting for candidates who will stand up for our highest national values and not succumb to our lowest fears.”
Miller is known for his hand in writing the executive order that made the Muslim ban into law and taking part in designing the policies that separate families at the border. According to Forward, Miller is currently pushing to stop legal residents from becoming citizens if they have participated in government programs like public assistance or health care subsidies.