Letter to the White House: Civil Rights Groups Call for Stephen Miller’s Removal

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November 18, 2019

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States, and the undersigned entities, we write to demand the removal of Stephen Miller from his position as your senior advisor.

Supporters of white supremacists and neo-Nazis should not be allowed to serve at any level of government, let alone in the White House. Stephen Miller has stoked bigotry, hate, and division with his extreme political rhetoric and policies throughout his career. The recent exposure of his deep-seated racism provides further proof that he is unfit to serve and should immediately leave his post.

In his role as your senior advisor, Stephen Miller has promoted hate speech spewed from neo-Nazis, bigots, and white supremacists. His advancement of white nationalist ideology has resulted in policies — and violent acts — that actively harm immigrants, people of color, and marginalized communities. These policies include the devastating Muslim ban, efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a ban on transgender people serving in the military, and the family separation policy that has led to the cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrant families in detention centers throughout our nation. The heightened anti-immigrant and anti-minority sentiments driving the policies of this administration are undoubtedly linked to the alarming rise of hate crimes and the highest number of hate-fueled murders in recent history. Stephen Miller’s racist, deadly agenda is contributing to this violence and must be stopped.

Stephen Miller represents white supremacy, violent extremism, and hate — all ideologies that are antithetical to the fundamental values that guide our democracy. Allowing him to remain a White House advisor is a betrayal of our national ideals of justice, inclusion, and fairness. We call on you to halt your own hateful actions and rhetoric and remove all hate enthusiasts from the administration.

Unless and until you fire Stephen Miller — and all who promulgate bigotry — and abandon your administration’s anti-civil rights agenda, you will continue to be responsible for the violence fueled by that hate.


The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Advocates for Youth
African American Ministers In Action
American Atheists
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Anti-Defamation League
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Bend the Arc: Jewish Action
Center for Community Self-Help
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Center for Popular Democracy
Center for Responsible Lending
CHIRLA – Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights
Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues
Coalition on Human Needs
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Equal Rights Advocates
Equality California
Faith in Public Life
Families Belong Together
Farmworker Justice
Hindu American Foundation
Human Rights Campaign
Jews United for Democracy and Justice
Lambda Legal
Matthew Shepard Foundation
Muslim Public Affairs Council
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
National Action Network
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council on Independent Living
National Education Association
National Fair Housing Alliance
National Hispanic Media Coalition
National Housing Law Project
National Immigration Law Center
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Organization for Women
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates
One Fair Wage
People for the American Way
Population Connection Action Fund
Public Citizen
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Shriver Center on Poverty Law
Silver State Equality-Nevada
Southern Poverty Law Center
Take on Hate (A Project of ACCESS)
Texas Progressive Action Network
The League of United Latin American Citizens
Transformative Justice Coalition
Union for Reform Judaism
United We Dream
Win Without War