Senate Democrats demand Trump fire Stephen Miller

Senate Democrats are demanding that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE fire Stephen MillerStephen MillerGeorge Conway group targets Trump over 'blatant racism' in new ad Pence names new press secretary Pence press secretary returns to work after recovering from coronavirus MORE after a watchdog group released hundreds of controversial emails the White House adviser sent prior to his time in the administration.

Twenty-seven Democrats, led by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris: Trump 'just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op' Harris, Jeffries question why Manafort, Cohen released while others remain in prison George Floyd's death ramps up the pressure on Biden for a black VP MORE (D-Calf.), sent Trump a letter on Monday calling for Miller's "immediate removal."

"Recent reports confirm that he advanced white nationalist, anti-immigrant ideologies. Continuing to employ him as the senior architect of your immigration policies ensures that those policies discriminate against individuals of color to advance white nationalist ideals. He must be removed," the senators wrote.

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The letter is the latest from Democrats and civil rights groups calling for Miller to be fired after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published summaries of emails the White House aide sent in 2015 and 2016 when he worked as an aide to then-Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines What you need to know about FBI official Dana Boente's retirement Rosenstein steps back into GOP crosshairs MORE (R-Ala.).

The emails contain links and references to publications associated with white nationalism and show how Miller coordinated with Breitbart News to shape coverage around immigration and the 2016 GOP presidential primary.

The White House has stood behind Miller despite the swirl of controversy, calling the SPLC "discredited."

Spokespeople for the White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday about the new letter from Senate Democrats.

Democrats argued in their letter that Miller's "demonstrable white nationalist ideology" has influenced Trump's agenda, particularly on immigration policy.

"These e-mails clearly show what is driving Mr. Miller. It’s not national security, it’s white supremacy—something that has no place in our country, federal government, and especially not the White House. ... Simply put, Mr. Miller is unfit to serve in any capacity at the White House, let alone as a senior policy adviser. We demand that you remove Stephen Miller immediately," they added.

More than 100 House Democrats called late last month for Miller to resign. More than 50 civil rights groups have also sent a separate letter calling on Trump to fire Miller.