Cummings invites Stephen Miller to testify before Oversight panel on 'troubling' immigration policies

Cummings invites Stephen Miller to testify before Oversight panel on 'troubling' immigration policies
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House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDiplomat who raised Ukraine concerns to testify in Trump impeachment probe House rejects GOP measure censuring Schiff Overnight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan MORE (D-Md.) sent a letter on Wednesday asking White House senior adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerThe Memo: Drip, drip of revelations damages Trump Trump says acting Homeland Security chief McAleenan will step down Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Judge blocks Trump 'public charge' rule | Appeals court skeptical of Trump arguments for Medicaid work requirements | CDC offers guidance for treating vaping-related cases MORE to testify before the panel.

“I am inviting you to testify before the Committee because it appears that you are one of the primary moving forces behind some of the most significant — and in my view, troubling — immigration policies coming out of the Trump White House,” Cummings wrote in his letter.

“I am offering you an opportunity to make your case to the Committee and the American people about why you — and presumably President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE — believe it is good policy for the Trump Administration to take the actions it has, including intentionally separating immigrant children from their parents at the border to deter them from coming to the United States, transferring asylum seekers to sanctuary cities as a form of illegal retribution against your political adversaries, and firing top Administration officials who refuse orders to violate the law,” he added. 

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Cummings requested that Miller respond to his invitation by April 24.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Miller, a former Senate aide, has pushed for hard-line immigration policies in the Trump administration, emerging as a key player amid recent turnover at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Trump has praised Miller but denied that he has driven the administration's immigration policy.

Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDem committee chairs blast Trump G-7 announcement Top Democrat holds moment of silence for Cummings at hearing Barr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, also said this week that Miller should appear before Congress.

“Probably Stephen Miller, who seems to be the boss of everybody on immigration, ought to come before Congress and explain some of these policies,” Nadler said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Beyond the most recent immigration proposals from the administration, Miller was also a staunch proponent of the White House’s decision to implement a travel ban from several majority-Muslim countries and lower the number of refugees allowed in the country.

Miller has only seen his stature rise in the administration amid rolling changes in top positions at DHS. The White House staffer was reportedly a driving force behind the president’s decision to dismiss former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump's top picks for Homeland Security chief are ineligible for job: reports Singer Brandi Carlile drops out of Fortune event over Kirstjen Nielsen's appearance Trump confirms Rick Perry to step down as Energy secretary MORE and also pushed for the removal of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Lee Cissna and DHS General Counsel John Mitnick.

Immigrant rights groups and even some people close to Trump have expressed concern with Miller’s outsize role in the White House, saying his hard-line policies could exacerbate issues at the border and worsen relationships with Democrats on Capitol Hill.

"[Trump] is listening and coordinating with a guy who has never had legislative success as a staffer," a Trump loyalist who advised the campaign told The Hill recently. "We are going to end up with the same result every time."