Peters, Stabenow sign letter telling Trump to fire Stephen Miller

    U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters at the NAACP dinner | Andrew Roth

    WASHINGTON — Both of Michigan’s Democratic U.S. senators joined 26 of their colleagues on Monday demanding that President Donald Trump fire White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller. 

    As the Advance reported last month, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) called for Miller to resign. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who dropped out of the presidential race last week, led this letter formally asking Trump to remove him.

    The lawmakers pointed to reports about emails Miller sent when he was an aide to then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) that showed him promoting white supremacist talking points. 

    Peters, Stabenow join calls for Trump aide Stephen Miller to resign

    “Recent reports confirm that he advanced white nationalist, anti-immigrant ideologies,” the senators said of Miller. “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.”

    “Mr. Miller’s demonstrable white nationalist ideology has been directly translated into your administration’s policies, which have been widely criticized for systematically targeting communities of color,” the senators continued. 

    Civil rights groups and more than 100 House Democrats have also called for Miller to be removed from his White House job. U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) were among them.

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    Asked about Miller’s emails, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told the Washington Post last month that the Southern Poverty Law Center, the civil rights group that released a report about Miller’s emails, that the SPLC was “an utterly-discredited, long-debunked far-left smear organization.”

    The letter sent Monday was also signed by U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.).

    Advance Editor Susan J. Demas contributed to this story.

    Robin Bravender
    Michigan native Robin Bravender is the Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit news publications, including the Michigan Advance. Previously, Robin was a reporter for Politico, E&E News and Thomson Reuters.