Stephen Miller (political advisor)

Trump aide Miller asked to testify on immigration plans before Congress

White House policy adviser Stephen Miller.
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

House Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings sent a letter Wednesday inviting White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller to appear before the committee to testify on the Trump administration's immigration policies.

"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."

Report: White House considered release of detained immigrants in sanctuary cities

White House advisor Stephen Miller at an immigration roundtable with President Donald Trump and other officials in January.
White House advisor Stephen Miller at an immigration roundtable with President Donald Trump and other officials in January. Photo: by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

White House officials tried to pressure immigration authorities into releasing detained immigrants into sanctuary cities in retaliation against President Trump’s Democratic rivals and "send a message," according to a Washington Post report late Thursday.

Details: Senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller reportedly pitched the proposal two times since November to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The plan was also intended to ease the bed shortage at detention centers and target Democratic strongholds, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district in San Francisco, sources at the Department of Homeland Security told the Washington Post.