Stephen Miller, AKA White House adviser and Trump lackey, AKA sentient Q-Tip, has been one of the most vocal supporters of Trump’s exclusionary immigration policies. Miller is credited with being the architect behind Executive Order 13769, colloquially known as the “Muslim ban,” which barred the entry of foreign nationals from seven majority Muslim countries into the United States. Miller has also been in favor of Trump’s notorious plan to construct a border wall.
On Monday, Miller called the decision to separate migrant families at the border a “simple” one, saying, “The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law.”
In February, Miller called for an end to “chain” migration, in which a person admitted into the country can petition to bring the rest of their family into the United States.
All of this is fairly ironic considering the fact that Miller’s ancestors migrated to this country from Russia in an attempt to escape persecution. They apparently had no money and spoke no English, characteristics which modern conservatives tend to express contempt for in incoming immigrants.
And if you’re curious about the receipts, well — we’ve got ’em.
Stephen Miller’s mother is descended from the Glosser family, who landed in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and eventually became the proprietors of the Glosser Bros. Department Store. In a book describing the department store’s history, there is a chapter devoted to the family’s immigrant roots:
We’re not sure what last name they had in the Old Country…though members of the family listed the name “Glotzer” on their paperwork when they finally emigrated to America. Whatever their last name, the husband and wife who were destined to someday become the Glossers of Johnstown were just Wolf Leib and Bessie of the Eastern European town of Antopol, which was part of the Russian Empire. […]
[Wolf and Bessie] came to Ellis Island on January 7, 1903 aboard the German ship the S.S. Moltke. According to the ship’s manifest, he had a grand total of $8.00 in his possession.
The family was apparently escaping the rampant antisemitism in Russia, along with 1.5 million other Jews between the years of 1900 and 1914. The fact that there were no real immigration laws at the time allowed the Glosser family to escape persecution and certain death. As the family’s history describes:
Imagine living in a place where armed Cossacks ride through the streets, looking to cripple or kill you. A place where the non-Jewish peasants sic their dogs on your children. Where the threat of ethnic massacres, or pogroms, constantly hangs over your head. Where your home has a dirt floor, a thatched roof, and no indoor plumbing, and you barely scrape by, selling kerosene, salt, and potato bread in a humble market stall. Now you know how the Glossers felt before they came to Johnstown.
Miller’s extended family seem to be extremely cognizant of how immigration allowed their family to prosper, and Miller’s uncle, David Glosser, described how he disagreed with his nephew’s views on the matter in the Tribune-Democrat:
Starting with exactly nothing, one branch of the family established the scrap yard business, and our branch built Glosser Brother’s department store. […] We thrived. This was the miracle of America. While there was always a certain amount of anti-Jewish prejudice, it was not universal or state-sponsored, we had equal protection of the law, freedom of speech and religion, and we enjoyed good relations with our neighbors. […]
My nephew [Stephen Miller] and I must both reflect long and hard on one awful truth. If in the early 20th century the USA had built a wall against poor desperate ignorant immigrants of a different religion, like the Glossers, all of us would have gone up the crematoria chimneys with the other six million kinsmen whom we can never know.
To add insult to injury, Miller’s great-grandfather, Max Miller, actually failed his naturalization test due to (*drumroll please*): “Ignorance.”
Stephen Miller wrote both the Muslim Ban and the current policy separating immigrant children from their families.
Turns out his own great-grandfather, Max, flunked his naturalization test.
The literal reason written on the form, “ignorance.”https://t.co/1ErccFWyRd
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 21, 2018
This isn’t to shame anyone for flunking their naturalization test — but should certainly be a reminder that forgiving immigration policies are what allowed Stephen Miller to wind up as an adviser to the President of the United States in the first place.
The blatant hypocrisy of Miller’s backstory contrasted with his statements (he has insisted on a “zero-tolerance” policy, as “the success rate is the predominant factor that drives illegal migration”) only highlight the fact that A.) many in the Trump administration don’t believe that the privileges they’ve enjoyed should be extended to other people, and B.) there is an innate racism to all of the administration’s immigration reforms, whether they’re willing to own up to it or not.
And if all of this makes you want to rag on Stephen Miller endlessly, don’t worry — Twitter is way ahead of you. Here are some of our favorite (and timeless) Miller burns: