Stephen Miller, a former immigration adviser who worked in President Trump’s Cabinet, warned on Sunday, Feb. 22, that Joe Biden’s administration is putting forward an immigration agenda that would “fundamentally erase the very essence of the American nation.”
During an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, Miller said, “The reason why I have studied immigration so closely is because it’s so fundamental to what it is to be a nation, the right of the people living in a country to decide who enters that country, on what conditions, for how long, and how to establish national boundaries and borders. That’s fundamental to what it means to be a country.”
“The legislation put forward by President Biden and congressional Democrats would fundamentally erase the very essence of America’s nationhood. For the first time—I believe in human history—this legislation proposes sending applications to previously deported illegal immigrants and giving them the chance to reenter the country on a rapid path to citizenship. This is unheard of,” he said.
According to Miller, ICE officials caught many people with criminal records and deported them to their home countries with taxpayer money. Yet, in the new administration, the secretary of state and homeland security will send readmission and amnesty applications to previously deported illegal aliens.
“This is madness. Now, this is on top of the fact that the current administration has already dismantled border security, canceling President Trump’s historic agreements with Mexico and with the Northern Triangle countries, restoring catch and release, and, additionally, gutting interior enforcement, issuing a memo preventing ICE from removing the vast majority of criminal illegal immigrants that it encounters,” Miller added.
Miller’s comments come just days after Democrats in Congress, with Biden’s backing, introduced a bill to grant citizenship to nearly 20 million illegal aliens.
The controversial plan seeks to expand current limits on family and work-based immigrant visas while eliminating sanctions that prohibit immigrants living in the United States without authorization from returning for three to 10 years should they leave the country.
The bill is also expected to invest nearly $4 million to increase the number of judges and support staff and technology to address delays in processing asylum applications.
For Miller, while ICE has sufficient resources to eliminate border threats, the Democrats’ bill is “a policy choice disguised falsely to the court and the country as a resource issue. That is a lie. And it’s a lie that threatens public safety.”
Miller also questioned that any illegal alien 17 years old or younger who ends up being brought to the border or trafficked to the border is being processed for admission through Health and Human Services and then resettled in the country.
In that regard, Miller points to the issues around education and health maintenance involved for these young people. “Who is going to pay for the education? What does it mean—when classrooms, God willing, reopen, what does it mean for classroom size? What does it mean for health care?”
“Then you add on top of that the families that are being released. Who’s paying for the medical bills?” continued Miller, who explained that it all comes out of local property taxes, as well as other local taxes on rent.
“So, when people show up illegally, having never lived here a day in their lives, that’s coming out of your pocketbook. And it’s a public safety issue. As I mentioned, ICE is now disallowed from removing the vast majority of illegal immigrants with criminal records,” he added.