President Donald Trump's policy adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday defended sweeping Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids of illegal immigrants - saying the roundups will save American lives and prevent "the unthinkable from happening". Trump made the assertion on Friday to a bipartisan room full of senators, which reportedly left the room in "uncomfortable silence".
"You can start by providing evidence to back up your claims", Stephanopoulos replies.
"He went out, stood shoulder to shoulder and sent a message to the whole world that we stand with our allies", Miller said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation", referencing the president's brief statement Saturday standing beside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "It's very real. It's very serious".
Miller sang a similar tune on the Sunday shows today.
Stephanopolous stopped Miller and reiterated his call for tangible proof.
The president mentioned the issue most recently on February 9 in a meeting with a group of senators when he repeated that he would have won the state of New Hampshire had there not been "thousands" of people "brought in on buses" from neighboring MA to "illegally" vote in the state, Politico reported. "Do you have any evidence?"
New Hampshire's secretary of state has said there is no proof of buses appearing at polling places, and that a large number of voters arriving like that would have attracted attention.
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Miller journeyed into friendlier waters with an appearance on Fox News Sunday hosted by Chris Wallace, but still managed to draw fire from the host.
Miller, the author of Trump's January 27 executive order, said the administration will consider writing a new executive order; appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court; returning to the Seattle federal district court that halted the ban nationwide; or seeking an en blanc 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling - meaning all 29 judges in the circuit, rather than only the three-judge panel, would hear the case. But his response was simultaneously predictable and chilling. "The president has the power.to suspend the entry of aliens when it's in the national interest".
"The Ninth Circuit has a long history of being overturned and the Ninth Circuit has a long history of overreaching".
"There's no such thing as judicial supremacy".
Miller, who was involved in drafting the travel ban now under legal challenge, echoed the president's criticism of judges who have blocked enforcement of the order pending trials on the merits. The executive order bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States - Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen - for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days, and indefinitely halts refugees from Syria. The conversations may have broken USA law aimed at barring private citizens from conducting diplomacy.
Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller said the three-week-old Trump administration is "pursuing every single possible action to keep our country safe from terrorism".
"Miller is coming dangerously close to reviving a discredited and risky theory that each branch of government, including the president, has independent authority to decide what the law and Constitution mean", Ohlin said in an interview on Sunday.