Stephan Miller’s Uncle David Glosser Tells All

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The republican President Donald Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller is his go-to guy for anything having to do with anti-immigration issues. It has become well known that any hard-line anti immigration policy that has been enacted by this White House has the finger prints of Mr. Miller all over it.

What Stephen Miller’s Uncle David Glosser tells us, is that this same Stephen Miller would not be here, in his lofty position, had his very same anti-immigration policies that he has been pushing, had been in effect in 1903.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On August 13, 2018, David S. Glosser for Politico penned the following report,  “Stephen Miller is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.” (“If my nephew’s ideas on immigration had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out.”)

Excerpts:

“Let me tell you a story about Stephen Miller and chain migration.”

“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”

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“He set foot on Ellis Island on January 7, 1903, with $8 to his name. Though fluent in Polish, Russian, and Yiddish he understood no English. An elder son, Nathan, soon followed. By street corner peddling and sweat-shop toil Wolf-Leib and Nathan sent enough money home to pay off debts and buy the immediate family’s passage to America in 1906. That group included young Sam Glosser, who with his family settled in the western Pennsylvania city of Johnstown, a booming coal and steel town that was a magnet for other hard-working immigrants. The Glosser family quickly progressed from selling goods from a horse and wagon to owning a haberdashery in Johnstown run by Nathan and Wolf-Leib to a chain of supermarkets and discount department stores run by my grandfather, Sam, and the next generation of Glossers, including my dad, Izzy. It was big enough to be listed on the AMEX stock exchange and employed thousands of people over time. In the span of some 80 years and five decades, this family emerged from poverty in a hostile country to become a prosperous, educated clan of merchants, scholars, professionals, and, most important, American citizens.”

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“What does this classically American tale have to do with Stephen Miller? Well, Izzy Glosser, is his maternal grandfather, and Stephen’s mother, Miriam, is my sister.”

“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.”

“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. The Glossers came to the U.S. just a few years before the fear and prejudice of the “America First” nativists of the day closed U.S. borders to Jewish refugees. Had Wolf-Leib waited, his family would likely have been murdered by the Nazis along with all but seven of the 2,000 Jews who remained in Antopol. I would encourage Stephen to ask himself if the chanting, torch-bearing Nazis of Charlottesville, whose support his boss seems to court so cavalierly, do not envision a similar fate for him.”

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“Like other immigrants, our family’s welcome to the USA was not always a warm one, but we largely had the protection of the law, there was no state sponsored violence against us, no kidnapping of our male children, and we enjoyed good relations with our neighbors. True, Jews were excluded from many occupations, couldn’t buy homes in some towns, couldn’t join certain organizations or attend certain schools or universities, but life was good. As in past generations there were hate mongers who regarded the most recent groups of poor immigrants as scum, rapists, gangsters, drunks and terrorists, but largely the Glosser family was left alone to live our lives and build the American dream. Children were born, synagogues founded, and we thrived. This was the miracle of America.”

“Acting for so long in the theater of right wing politics, Stephen and Trump may have become numb to the resultant human tragedy and blind to the hypocrisy of their policy decisions. After all, Stephen’s is not the only family with a chain immigration story in the Trump administration. Trump’s grandfather is reported to have been a German migrant on the run from military conscription to a new life in the USA and his mother fled the poverty of rural Scotland for the economic possibilities of New York City. (Trump’s in-laws just became citizens on the strength of his wife’s own citizenship.)”

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“These facts are important not only for their grim historical irony but because vulnerable people are being hurt. They are real people, not the ghoulish caricatures portrayed by Trump. When confronted by the deaths and suffering of thousands our senses are overwhelmed, and the victims become statistics rather than people. I meet these statistics one at a time through my volunteer service as a neuropsychologist for HIAS (formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), the global non-profit agency that protects refugees and helped my family more than 100 years ago. I’ll share the story of one such man I have met in the hope that my nephew might recognize elements of our shared heritage.”

“In the early 2000s, Joseph (not his real name) was conscripted at the age of 14 to be a soldier in Eritrea and sent to a remote desert military camp. Officers there discovered a Bible under his pillow which aroused their suspicion that he might belong to a foreign evangelical sect that would claim his loyalty and sap his will to fight. Joseph was actually a member of the state-approved Coptic church but was nonetheless immediately subjected to torture. “They smashed my face into the ground, tied my hands and feet together behind my back, stomped on me, and hung me from a tree by my bonds while they beat me with batons for the others to see.”

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“Joseph was tortured for 20 consecutive days before being taken to a military prison and crammed into a dark unventilated cell with 36 other men, little food and no proper hygiene. Some died, and in time Joseph was stricken with dysentery. When he was too weak to stand he was taken to a civilian clinic where he was fed by the medical staff. Upon regaining his strength he escaped to a nearby road where a sympathetic driver took him north through the night to a camp in Sudan where he joined other refugees. Joseph was on the first leg of a journey that would cover thousands of miles and almost 10 years.”

“Before Donald Trump had started his political ascent promulgating the false story that Barack Obama was a foreign-born Muslim, while my nephew, Stephen, was famously recovering from the hardships of his high school cafeteria in Santa Monica, Joseph was a child on his own in Sudan in fear of being deported back to Eritrea to face execution for desertion. He worked any job he could get, saved his money and made his way through Sudan. He endured arrest and extortion in Libya. He returned to Sudan, then kept moving to Dubai, Brazil, and eventually to a southern border crossing into Texas, where he sought asylum. In all of the countries he traveled through during his ordeal, he was vulnerable, exploited and his status was “illegal.” But in the United States he had a chance to acquire the protection of a documented immigrant.”

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“Today, at 30, Joseph lives in Pennsylvania and has a wife and child. He is a smart, warm, humble man of great character who is grateful for every day of his freedom and safety. He bears emotional scars from not seeing his parents or siblings since he was 14. He still trembles, cries and struggles for breath when describing his torture, and he bears physical scars as well. He hopes to become a citizen, return to work and make his contribution to America. His story, though unique in its particulars, is by no means unusual. I have met Central Americans fleeing corrupt governments, violence and criminal extortion; a Yemeni woman unable to return to her war-ravaged home country and fearing sexual mutilation if she goes back to her Saudi husband; and an escaped kidnap-bride from central Asia.”

Link to entire article:  Stephen Miller is an Immigration Hypocrite

13 comments

  1. Gronda, this is an “I got mine, so it matters not if you get yours” attitude. It also shows how hypocrisy can easily survive. With that said, thoughtful, data based debate on how to govern future immigration is needed. Instead, fear and hyperbole is a poor substitute, which is being leveraged by the President and his henchman Miller. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      I would love to see what the family dinner is like during Thanksgiving or some other special holiday.

      I’ve had some difficulty understanding how the conservative Jewish community can back this guy who forcibly separated children from their refugee parents who were simply seeking asylum. They know what that evil looks like.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Gronda, to me the best Thanksgiving table comment is “we need to have data driven and thoughtful discussion around immigration and not let it be driven by fear. What disappoints me is how cold hearted we have become on this issue.” I had a conservative friend who said the Dems are calling this cold hearted and I responded that I was quoting a conservative columnist. Keith

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    • Dear Mary Plumbago,

      When Mr. Miller who proposed the concept of separating by force children from their refugee parents for daring to seek asylum in the USA which is perfectly legal, he showed himself to be the face of evil.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Rob,

      Mr. Miller was one of the idea men behind the order to separate by force children from their refugee parents who had a legal right to request asylum in the USA. Anyone who would be a party to this level of cruelty is representing the face of evil. End of story.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Ravenhawks magazine,

      Too many Americans have forgotten how they got here and how their ancestry were frequently, common folks who came here. Many of them were refugees seeking asylum.

      Thanks a million times for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Quite the story … hypocrisy at its best! Double standards galore …
    ‘On August 13, 2018, David S. Glosser for Politico penned the following report, “Stephen Miller is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.”

    Liked by 1 person

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