White House senior adviser on policy Stephen Miller—architect of the zero tolerance immigration policy that led to over 3,000 children being separated from their parents—can add hypocrisy to his many talents according to Dr. David Glosser. Strong words of rebuke from Glosser, but he should know Miller well since Glosser is his uncle.
Dr. David S. Glosser—retired neuropsychologist—spent time as a member of the Neurology faculties of Boston University School of Medicine and Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Glosser also has a sister, Miriam Glosser Miller.
Miriam’s son Stephen Miller receives credit for most of the anti-immigrant and white supremacist leaning policies and statements coming out of the Trump White House. Dr. Glosser finds this to be the height of hypocrisy considering the Glosser family’s own refugee and chain migration history.
In a piece for Politico Magazine, Glosser shares that story and why his nephew’s actions disappoint him.
“Let me tell you a story about Stephen Miller and chain migration,” Glosser introduces. “It begins at the turn of the 20th century in a dirt-floor shack in the village of Antopol, a shtetl of subsistence farmers in what is now Belarus.”
Beset by violent anti-Jewish pogroms and forced childhood conscription in the Czar’s army, the patriarch of the shack, Wolf-Leib Glosser, fled a village where his forebears had lived for centuries and took his chances in America.”
The obvious parallels between Stephen Miller’s family story from the early 1900s and tales of refugees fleeing from violence and oppression in many forms in 2018 are undeniable.
Merit Based Immigration
“[Wolf-Leib Glosser] set foot on Ellis Island on January 7, 1903, with $8 to his name,” Glosser continues. “Though fluent in Polish, Russian, and Yiddish he understood no English.” Merit based immigration, touted by Miller and the Trump administration discourages allowing the poor or those who do not speak English fluently to enter the U.S. and apply for citizenship or refugee status.
Luckily for both Wolf-Leib Glosser and 16-year-old Friedrich Trump—who in 1885 also spoke no English and arrived with the clothes on his back—their descendents—President Donald Trump and Stephen Miller—did not determine their fates.
“Trump and my nephew both know their immigrant and refugee roots. Yet, they repeat the insults and false accusations of earlier generations against these refugees to make them seem less than human.” https://t.co/9zkng0KfyK
— POLITICO Magazine (@POLITICOMag) August 13, 2018
Friedrich Trump also easily re-entered the United States in 1905. In 1904, the President’s grandfather returned to Germany to make his home there. But Friedrich and his pregnant wife were unwelcome in Germany since Friedrich’s emigration in 1885 helped him avoid mandatory German military service.
So, Trump’s grandfather was also a draft dodger!
— Yekoz (@Yekoz) August 13, 2018
Despite being branded a criminal by his homeland, Friedrich faced no obstacles returning to the United States. But the Trump administration’s version of merit based immigration discourages anyone branded a criminal by their home country from entering the United States, regardless of the reason.
Another target of the Trump administration’s Miller devised immigration policies is what they refer to as chain migration—a process allowing U.S. citizens or permanent residents to sponsor family members and giving them a method to become citizens. But, again, both the Glosser and Trump families benefited from just that form of entry to the United States.