Stephen Miller's Uncle Opens Up About His Family History In Revealing Politico Editorial

Miller's uncle reveals their family history.

Stephen Miller's uncle has had enough.

In a revealing op-ed, David Glosser – the uncle of Stephen Miller, a policy adviser to President Donald Trump most known for his draconian immigration views — described his nephew as a product of "chain migration" and attacked his political views as hypocritical. Glosser published the now-viral op-ed in Politico, where he detailed the family's immigration history and excoriated Miller for supporting policies that he argued would have excluded their ancestors from the United States. 


"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," Glosser wrote about Miller's ancestral immigration history. "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."

Glosser then describes the direct line from Wolf-Lieb to his generation, Miller's grandfather and mother, and Miller himself. He paints a picture of an immigrant family with no money that spoke no English and was fleeing a place that was about to become radically violent. Eventually, that family went from selling goods by horse and buggy to opening a grocery store that would become large enough to be listed on the AMEX stock exchange. Today, in Glosser's description, the descendants of Wolf-Leib Glosser are now prosperous, educated, and American citizens.

"I have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, who is an educated man and well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family's life in this country," he wrote. "I shudder at the thought of what would have become of the Glossers had the same policies Stephen so coolly espouses— the travel ban, the radical decrease in refugees, the separation of children from their parents, and even talk of limiting citizenship for legal immigrants— been in effect when Wolf-Leib made his desperate bid for freedom."

Miller isn't the only hardliner on immigration who has been called out for proposing policies that would have hurt their own ancestors. Genealogist Jennifer Mendelsohn has been making waves by looking up the ancestral history of some of the most outspoken immigration hardliners, and often uncovering stunning hypocrisy. Glosser also pointed to people around Miller, noting that both President Trump and his wife Melania have well-documented immigrant histories which would have been much different had their ancestors lived under laws like the ones they are proposing. 

Glosser is now working with the Philadelphia affiliate of HIAS, what used to be known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. HIAS helped Glosser's family come here as migrants 100 years ago, according to his account of their history, and he's now been moved by his own experiences helping refugee families across the country. Those experiences have shown him that the immigrants often derided as dangerous by Miller and Trump are not unlike the same immigrant family he came from.

"Almost every American family has an immigration story of its own based on flight from war, poverty, famine, persecution, fear or hopelessness," Glosser wrote. "These immigrants became the workers, entrepreneurs, scientists and soldiers of America."

Cover image via Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.


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