4 Michigan members of Congress call for Trump aide Stephen Miller’s firing

    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller (C) listens during a roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities with State, local, and community leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Four Michigan Democratic lawmakers are among the U.S. House members who took the lead in drafting an open letter to President Donald Trump, calling on him to “immediately remove” Senior Advisor Stephen Miller from his administration following the release of damning evidence that the senior advisor is “an avid white nationalist.”

    Brenda Lawrence
    U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence at the Detroit NAACP dinner | Andrew Roth

    Miller is the architect of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The letter is signed by 107 Democratic members of Congress, including U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Brenda Lawrence (Southfield).

    The letter was in response to an investigation published by the Southern Poverty Law Center last week that examined 900 emails written to Breitbart News editors from Miller, with many including links or references to white nationalist websites and literature. Miller is known as the chief architect behind Trump’s hard-line family separation and Muslim ban policies.

    Tlaib last week wrote on Twitter that Miller “is a white supremacist, period” who should be “fired immediately.”

    “We formally request that you immediately remove White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller from your administration,” the lawmakers write in the letter. “A documented white nationalist has no place in any presidential administration, and especially not in such an influential position.”

    “Last week, numerous e-mails sent by Mr. Miller were made public that clearly establish that he is an avid white nationalist and conspiracy theorist,” the letter continues. “Given Mr. Miller’s role in shaping immigration policy for your administration, his documented dedication to extremist, anti-immigrant ideology and conspiracy-mongering is disqualifying.”

    A version of this story first ran in the Advance’s sister outlet, the Maine Beacon. Read the story here.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.
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    Cara DeRose is a staff writer for the Maine Beacon. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine, she served as writer and copy editor for the USM Free Press and interned at the Portland Press Herald.