Major Charity Finances Anti-Immigrant Hate Group Tied to Stephen Miller - 2019-11-19
White House senior adviser Stephen Miller was in frequent communication with a Breitbart News editor in the run-up to the 2016 election to pitch stories based on white nationalist ideas and the work of prominent hate figures, according to hundreds of leaked emails that led to a new investigative series by Michael Edison Hayden of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
One group whose ideas Miller shared repeatedly with former Breitbart editor Katie McHugh, who leaked the emails to SPLC, is the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), an anti-immigrant nonprofit founded by influential white nationalist and eugenecist John Tanton. Since its founding in 1985, the center has focused on racist fearmongering over immigrants and promoting the writings of prominent white nationalists and antisemites. SPLC has designated CIS as an anti-immigrant hate group.
As a congressional aide, Miller had a close relationship with CIS, even giving the keynote speech at a 2015 CIS award ceremony. With Miller's asendency to the White House came CIS as well; the hate group's officials say they regularly consult with the Trump administration on immigration policy. One CIS staffer, John Feere, joined the 2016 Trump campaign and then landed a senior advisor position at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).