Democrats introduce resolution seeking resignation of White House adviser Stephen Millerby Anthony Leonardi
Two Democratic lawmakers took action calling for the resignation of White House adviser Stephen Miller.
California Sen. Kamala Harris and Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro introduced a resolution on Thursday after emails emerged of Miller sharing articles from white nationalist media outlets, seemingly using them as justification for his immigration stances.
“Stephen Miller is the hateful force behind the cruel and xenophobic policies that have defined the Trump administration. His white supremacist, anti-immigrant ideology has no place in our country, let alone the White House,” said Harris in a statement. “I'm proud to lead this effort on behalf of immigrant families in California and throughout the country.”
“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. 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,” Castro said in a statement.
Harris was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, but dropped out in December. Castro's twin brother, Julian Castro also ran and dropped out.
The resolution has been sponsored by several members of Congress, including Sens. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. In the House, Reps. Judy Chu of California, Karen Bass of California, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, and Brad Schneider of Illinois.
Harris sent a letter to the White House in December regarding the issue, calling for Miller to be fired. "Recent reports confirm that he advanced white nationalist, anti-immigrant ideologies. Continuing to employ him as the senior architect of your immigration policies ensures that those policies discriminate against individuals of color to advance white nationalist ideals. He must be removed," Harris wrote, along with 27 other Democrats.
The White House defended Miller against the accusations in early December, calling the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group which obtained the emails, "discredited."