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To the surprise of no one, the biggest White House proponent of ripping immigrant children from their parents—and committing government-sponsored child abuse in the process—is garbage human being Stephen Miller.

A report Saturday in The New York Times said Miller—who in addition to being a racist xenophobe is likely both extremely insecure and a sociopath—is a prominent advocate inside the Trump administration for the “nuclear option” to discourage undocumented immigrants from coming to the U.S., a policy no other previous administration was willing to touch.

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According to the Times, “for George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the idea of crying children torn from their parents’ arms was simply too inhumane — and too politically perilous — to embrace as policy…”

In fact, when the Obama administration held a series of meetings to hash out all options on immigration policy, when it came to the issue of separating children from their parents, “We spent five minutes thinking it through and concluded that it was a bad idea. The morality of it was clear — that’s not who we are,” Obama’s domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muñoz told the Times.

But there is no morality in the thinking of Stephen Miller.

The report noted:

Privately, Mr. Miller argued that bringing back “zero tolerance” would be a potent tool in a severely limited arsenal of strategies for stopping migrants from flooding across the border.

The idea was to end a practice referred to by its detractors as “catch and release,” in which illegal immigrants apprehended at the border are released into the interior of the United States to await the processing of their cases. Mr. Miller argued that the policy provided a perverse incentive for migrants, essentially ensuring that if they could make it to the United States border and claim a “credible fear” of returning home, they would be given a chance to stay under asylum laws, at least temporarily.

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Of course, Miller isn’t the only one responsible for the current inhumane disaster of a policy that has angered even Republicans and members of President Donald Trump’s religious base. In early 2017, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who was then serving as homeland security secretary, threatened to use family separation as a tactic to deter undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, also a big advocate of the so-called “nuclear option,” announced the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy in April and then used a Bible quote this week to justify it. That pseudo-religious stunt earned the scorn of various religious denominations, including the United Methodist Church, which called on Sessions, a Methodist, to “immediately reverse these decisions.” The Catholic Church also condemned the policy, saying, “Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral,” The Hill reported.

Others, including Trump himself, have claimed to dislike the policy, although his public response has been to lie about it by falsely blaming Democrats when he could end the ongoing cruelty with the stroke of a pen.

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On Sunday, professional administration liar Kellyanne Conway said on NBC’s Meet the Press that, “As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who’s got a conscience…I will tell you that nobody likes this policy.” But, like a good Trumpkin, she added, “Congress passed the law that it is a crime to enter this country illegally. So if they don’t like that law, they should change it.”

Miller, on the other hand, isn’t even pretending to have any moral misgivings about the administration’s Nazi-like behavior, calling it a “simple decision.”

“No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement,” he told The New York Times. “It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law.”

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