Stephen Miller, a senior White House adviser behind the administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, has been called out by his own uncle, who noted that their own family was the beneficiary of some of the same immigration policies that the Trump administration has been working to undo.
In a blistering column titled, “Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle,” published in Politico Monday, neuropsychologist David Glosser, whose sister is Miller’s mother, said that members of the Miller family immigrated to the U.S. thanks to “chain migration,” the process by which green card holders may sponsor a family member’s immigration.
“I have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, who is an educated man and well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country,” Glosser wrote. “I shudder at the thought of what would have become of the Glossers had the same policies Stephen so coolly espouses — the travel ban, the radical decrease in refugees, the separation of children from their parents, and even talk of limiting citizenship for legal immigrants — been in effect when Wolf-Leib [Glosser] made his desperate bid for freedom.”
Miller, a Santa Monica native, has been the force behind some of the Trump administration’s most incendiary policies, including the travel ban and family separation.
“If my nephew’s ideas on immigration had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out,” Glosser wrote.
Glosser recounted the story of Miller’s grandfather, Wolf-Leib Glosser, a Jewish refugee from Antopol, (what is now modern-day Belarus), who arrived in the U.S. in 1903.
The family arrived in the U.S. “just a few years before the fear and prejudice of the ‘America First’ nativists of the day closed” the borders to Jewish refugees,” Glosser went on to explain, adding that they “would likely have been murdered by the Nazis along with all but seven of the 2,000 Jews who remained in Antopol.”
“Trump and my nephew both know their immigrant and refugee roots. Yet, they repeat the insults and false accusations of earlier generations against these refugees to make them seem less than human,” he went on to write.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Read the full essay here.