A new article in the New Yorker sheds a little more light on the racist immigration policies of the Trump administration and the driving force behind not just the architecture of such a platform, but the actual architect — Stephen Miller.
Miller cut his teeth on a speech he wrote for Trump’s inauguration that came to be known by a two-word phrase he used in it: American Carnage. The text of that address set up what would become an undeniably racist approach to immigration.
And the crime, and the gangs, and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”
Miller, in choosing those words, was carefully constructing a stage on which he could present any random brown person, but specifically one from Latin America, as the source of the crime, gangs, and drugs. Trump’s approaches to each of these problems have followed suit: Accuse Mexicans (or Nicaraguans or Salvadoreans, etc) of bringing disease and crime into America, accuse all of them of being members of the deadly MS-13 gang — ironically a gang started in Los Angeles and made up by a vast majority of American citizens.
But what drives Miller, what makes him so single-minded?
In short, it’s a virulent, persistent racism that he made clear in a November meeting with staffers from the DOJ, the State Department, and Homeland Security. It was a time when the administration was pivoting, after losing battle after battle in federal court in their effort to just turn everyone away, to a system in which they could force immigrants to undergo a much more stringent process: Even asylum-seekers, who under the actual Constitution are permitted to come here legally and cross the border in pursuit of safety from persecution in their home country, would soon be forced to apply for asylum in the country in which they were being persecuted before coming here at all.
But I don’t want to just paint that picture for you. Sure, that’s a policy that’s clearly designed to just make it impossible for them to come here, circumventing the Constitution for clearly racist reasons. But a statement from Miller during that meeting was like a rotten cherry on top of the garbage sundae he wants to serve immigrants to America:
I didn’t mean to come across as harsh. It’s just that this is all I care about. I don’t have a family. I don’t have anything else. This is my life.”
This is all I care about. That’s a strong statement from a senior advisor to a world leader. ALL he cares about is preventing immigrants from entering the United States.
The casual racism of Trump’s voters almost pales in comparison with the laser-focused hatred by which Stephen Miller conducts — apparently — his entire life.
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