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Senate Democrats demand Trump fire Stephen Miller

Senate Democrats are demanding that President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE fire Stephen MillerStephen MillerCensus Bureau racing to complete noncitizen data, watchdog says Trump must concede as a holiday gift to the nation Pompeo to quarantine after contact with someone COVID-19 positive 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 HarrisHarris takes up temporary residence at Blair House Amanda Gorman captures national interest after inauguration performance Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair 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 SessionsHarris to resign from Senate seat on Monday Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Sessions, top DOJ officials knew 'zero tolerance' would separate families, watchdog finds 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.