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Casey, U.S. Senate Dems to Trump: Fire WH adviser Stephen Miller

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has joined with 26 of his colleagues to demand that President Donald Trump fire White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller, whose outspoken views have made him a lightning rod for controversy.

“Recent reports confirm that he advanced white nationalist, anti-immigrant ideologies,” Casey, of Scranton, and his Democratic colleagues, wrote in a Monday letter to Trump. “Continuing to employ him as the senior architect of your immigration policies ensures that those policies discriminate against individuals of color to advance white nationalist ideals. He must be removed.”

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The lawmakers pointed to reports about emails Miller sent when he was an aide to then-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., showing him promoting white supremacist talking points. 

“Mr. Miller’s demonstrable white nationalist ideology has been directly translated into your administration’s policies, which have been widely criticized for systematically targeting communities of color,” the senators wrote.

Civil rights groups and more than 100 House Democrats have also called for Miller to be removed from his White House job. 

Asked about Miller’s emails, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told The Washington Post last month that the Southern Poverty Law Center, the civil rights group that released a report about Miller’s emails, was “an utterly-discredited, long-debunked far-left smear organization.”

The letter sent Monday was also signed by Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo,; Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I;  Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Chris Coons, D-Del.; Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii; Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.; Jacky Rosen, D-Nev.; Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Ed Markey, D-Mass.; Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Gary Peters, D-Mich., Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev.

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