Stephen Miller Says ‘Simple’ Decision To Separate Parents From Kids

Elias Hubbard
June 20, 2018

According reports, White House policy adviser Stephen Miller is working on a plan to use executive power to curb illegal arrivals and boost deportations. In an interview with theNew York Times he said it was a "simple decision".

Adweek reporter Josh Sternberg reported the White House did not want the Times to run the recording on "The Daily", Michael Barbaro's daily news podcast, and asked the newspaper not to use it.

The New York Times says it agreed at the request of the White House not to use audio from an interview with President Trump's aide Stephen Miller for Tuesday's episode of its popular podcast "The Daily".

Miller, who is Jewish, argued in White House meetings that the new policy would deter illegal immigration.

Now, undocumented migrant adults are arrested and jailed, and their children are then classified as unaccompanied alien minors and taken away to separate facilities. As the Times observes, "For George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the idea of crying children torn from their parents' arms was simply too inhumane-and too politically perilous-to embrace as policy".

Instead, this morning's episode features a little explanation at the beginning from Davis, who said the Times had planned use the audio "until I heard from the White House earlier today that they were not at all comfortable with us using that audio". Miller claimed that this practice just incentivized more migration. New restrictions now under consideration include "tightening rules on student visas and exchange programs; limiting visas for temporary agricultural workers; making it harder for legal immigrants who have applied for welfare programs to obtain residency; and collecting biometric data from visitors from certain countries". Moments like these expose the limits of transactional journalism.

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