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Interfaith Open Letter – Stephen Miller Must Resign

As a diverse coalition of interfaith partners dedicated to moral and humane immigration policies,
we demand the immediate resignation of White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller. We
believe that all people deserve to be treated with dignity, regardless of their immigration status.
Our varied faith traditions mandate us to welcome the stranger, love each other, and protect the
most vulnerable among us.

Faith organizations have a long and proud history of working to help immigrants, refugees, and
asylum seekers arriving in the United States as a result of war, displacement, and religious
persecution. We have facilitated their resettlement, ensured proper care for women and
children, helped them find homes and jobs, and prevented their potential exploitation. We work
together to fight back against xenophobia, religious intolerance, and bigotry.

We firmly oppose the anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, and anti-asylee policies enacted by this
administration, including (but not limited to) the Muslim ban, efforts to end the Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
wherever possible, onerous barriers for family reunification, the increased criminalization of
immigrants, family separation, decimating of the nation’s refugee resettlement program, and
repeated attacks on asylum. Stephen Miller authored many of these destructive policies and
helped ensure their enactment via his network of anti-immigrant officials throughout the federal
government. Further, these policies have been paired with heightened and unrelenting
anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric coming from the White House.

A recent email cache published by the Southern Poverty Law Center prove that Stephen Miller
is entrenched in white supremacist ideology. His fondness for the 1924 US law grounded in
eugenics limiting non-white immigrants, his familiarity with the French novel Camp of Saints,
popular among neo-Nazis, and his close ties to the Center for Immigration Studies (an
SPLC-designated hate group) – these are but a few examples of Miller’s ideological

At one point in history, harboring a white supremacist in the White House could harm an
administration. Today, President Trump appears unbothered by his close official’s ties to white
supremacy. This cannot stand. As organizations of many faiths, who feel love and respect
where Miller advances disdain and hate, we call for his resignation immediately.

National Council of Jewish Women
African American Ministers In Action
Anti-Defamation League
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Bnai Keshet
Church World Service
DC-MD Justice For Our Neighbors
Disciples Justice Action Network
Faith in Public Life
Faithful America
Franciscan Action Network
Habonim Dror North America
J Street
Jewish Labor Committee
The Nation’s Mosque
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Pax Christi USA
Reconstructing Judaism
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Society for Humanistic Judaism
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Union for Reform Judaism

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