Trump Administration Hardliner Stephen Miller’s Uncle Slams Him As “Immigration Hypocrite”
Senior policy advisor and architect of President Donald Trump‘s harshest immigration policies, Stephen Miller, is a product of the so-called “chain migration,” more formally known as “family-based migration.”
Miller’s uncle, David Glossar, published an op-ed this week that he detailed the family’s immigration history and slammed his nephew as an “immigration hypocrite.” He painted a picture of an immigrant family with no money that spoke no English that was fleeing Europe. Miller’s great-great-grandfather Wolf-Leib Glossar left Belarus because of “violent anti-Jewish pogroms” and came to the U.S. in 1903. Through the generations, the family built a chain of supermarkets and eventually became American citizens. That is exactly that kind of “chain migration” policy that immigrant hardliners, including Miller, say they hate.
“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,” Glossar wrote in Politico. “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 made his desperate bid for freedom.”
Business Insider reported that in college Miller wrote in a column, which discussed the international student presence on campus. “America without her culture is like a body without a soul — yet many of today’s youth see America as nothing but a meeting point for the cultures of other nations,” Miller wrote. “We must come to the defense of our heritage.”
After college he bonded with his former boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime immigration hardliner. In 2017, Miller designed the initial version of Trump’s travel ban that barred people from several majority-Muslim countries entering the U.S.
In his op-ed, Glosser also pointed to people around his nephew, noting that both President Trump and his wife Melania Trump have well-documented immigrant histories which would have been much different had their ancestors lived under laws like the ones they are proposing. Trump’s grandfather is a German migrant and his mother left Scotland for the U.S. First lady Melania Trump’s parents became citizens just last week.