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 CummingsHouse committee heads demand Coast Guard Academy explain handling of harassment allegations Can the Democrats unseat Trump? Democrats slam alleged politicization of Trump State Department after IG report MORE (D-Md.) sent a letter on Wednesday asking White House senior adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign New green card restrictions likely would've excluded Trump and Cuccinelli's ancestors 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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 NadlerSecond Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death 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 NielsenDOJ to Supreme Court: Trump decision to end DACA was lawful Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign Trump casts uncertainty over top intelligence role 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."