Miller’s objective is “raising and enhancing the standard for entry” into the US.
President Donald Trump’s top immigration adviser has always been Stephen Miller. In a new interview with NBC News, Miller says if Trump wins a second term in the White House, they will implement tougher immigration policies.
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“Miller outlined four major priorities: limiting asylum grants, punishing and outlawing so-called sanctuary cities, expanding the so-called travel ban with tougher screening for visa applicants, and slapping new limits on work visas,” NBC News reported. Miller’s objective is “raising and enhancing the standard for entry” into the US.
In late September, reports about Miller’s new immigration policies began to circulate. Former Homeland Security Department Chief of Staff Miles Taylor said that Miller was ready to introduce new immigration policies soon after Trump won re-election. The only reason Trump hadn’t introduced the policies yet, was because they would be “too unpopular for a president seeking re-election.”
Miller did not back down from asserting that his immigration policies may be considered severe.
“In many cases, fixing these problems and restoring some semblance of sanity to our immigration programs does involve regulatory reform,” Miller told NBC News. “Congress has delegated a lot of authority. And that underscores the depth of the choice facing the American people.”
According to Miller, his main priority would be to outlaw sanctuary cities by “cracking down aggressively.” He said the Trump administration would continue to withhold federal funds to sanctuary cities. States that support sanctuary cities include California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, and Vermont.
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Miller spearheaded the “zero-tolerance” policy that began in 2017 and was later officially implemented in 2018. Now he says that they won’t separate families at the border but instead keep them together in detention by changing the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement, which is in place to protect immigrants in detention.
Miller also wants to continue to reinforce the travel ban, which means “building on and expanding the framework that we’ve created with the travel ban, in terms of raising the standard for screening and vetting for admission to the United States.”
He added, “That’s going to be a major priority. It’s going to require a whole government effort. It’s going to require building a very elaborate and very complex screening mechanism.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Miller is “credited with shaping President Trump’s racist and draconian immigration policies” and alleges that he has ties to white nationalist groups.