Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) just declared on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump’s aide Stephen Miller should serve jail time over his involvement regarding Trump’s child separation immigration policy.
“I think Stephen Miller should be behind bars,” Escobar stated during a podcast interview on The Intercept. “I think he committed heinous human rights violations, and I think that those around him who helped plot this out should be held accountable as well.”
The Intercept “is an award-winning news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism,” according to its website.
The context of Escobar’s response came to the questions of host Ryan Grim:
There’s so much cruelty and negligence going on. So kind of two parts, one, is there still talk about potentially prosecuting people in the past for what was done? And how long would you give the Biden administration or the DHS leadership or the CBP leadership to improve this situation before similar calls were made this time around?
Escobar sits on the House Judiciary Committee, along with the panel’s subcommittee on immigration. The committee is currently investigating the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
The Intercept reports:
The child separation policy was piloted in El Paso, Texas, in mid-2017 before being rolled out across the border in April 2018, running for several months until it was largely, though not entirely, rescinded. Some 4,368 children were separated from their parents as a result of the policy; hundreds remain apart, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Miller has since launched America First Legal, a new organization to legally challenge Democratic initiatives. The group plans to organized Republican attorneys general against Biden executive branch abuses.
Though Miller has move on to other projects, Escobar and others are clearly still evaluating his past efforts. Trump’s ongoing media focus also continues to add importance to Miller’s past and ongoing role in conservative politics.