President Donald Trump’s officials are taking far too long to come up with a way to bar all undocumented immigrants from entering the United States.
According to the New York Times, senior White House aide Stephen Miller is “furious – again,” because administration officials are taking so long to carry out Trump’s demands, which violate the Constitution.
A New York Times piece last week revealed that Trump’s biggest problem with his Homeland Security leadership was that they would tell him they couldn’t do things because it was against the law. Trump didn’t care; he wanted his demands met.
Former White House counsel Don McGahn said the same thing during an interview with Axios. Trump would fly into a rage when he was told that something was illegal or that he couldn’t do something because the law barred him from it.
“I spent the last couple of years getting yelled at,” McGahn said according to two sources at the Republican lunch. “And you may soon read about some of the more spirited debates I had with the president.”
“A regulation to deny welfare benefits to immigrants — a change Mr. Miller repeatedly predicted would be ‘transformative’ — was still plodding through the approval process after more than two years, he complained,” The Times wrote Sunday. “So were the new rules that would overturn court-ordered protections for migrant children. They were still not finished, he added, berating Ronald D. Vitiello, the acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
“You ought to be working on this regulation all day every day,” Miller shouted, according to The Times‘ sources in the meeting. “It should be the first thought you have when you wake up. And it should be the last thought you have before you go to bed. And sometimes you shouldn’t go to bed.”
Weeks later, everyone at DHS was on their way out, and Miller was being blamed.
“One senior administration official at the White House, who requested anonymity to discuss what he called a sensitive topic, said many of the administration’s core priorities have been ‘either moving too slowly or moving in the wrong direction,'” The Times said.
Other officials, by contrast, claimed that after months of clashes with Miller and those around the president who are demanding “policies that were legally questionable, impractical, unethical or unreasonable.”
Miller is reportedly seeing a way to get rid of the law that allows asylum seekers, a group that literally founded the United States as we know it today when they landed at Plymouth in 1620.
The end isn’t near, The Times said.
“And it is not clear that the political bloodletting is over,” it said. Francis Cissna, the head of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and John Mitnick, the department’s general counsel, are likely next to go.