POLITICAL SCIENCE

Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda

Morrow. Aug. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9780062986719. $28.99. POL SCI
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Guerrero (Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir) profiles Stephen Miller, the Trump administration’s immigration policy adviser and architect of the infamous family separation policy that barred immigrants and refugees from entering the United States. The author describes events throughout Miller’s life, showing how exposure to right-wing media, economic uncertainty, family strife, and the evolving political climate of California and the United States contributed to his antiimmigrant views. Miller gained notoriety as the spokesperson for then-Senator Jeff Sessions and eventually joined the Trump administration as an influential adviser. The bulk of Guerrero’s analysis focuses on Miller’s immigration policies during the Trump years, with special attention to the border between the United States and Mexico. Guerrero argues that the effects of Miller’s policies are widespread, and she includes heartbreaking stories of migrants to illustrate her point. Additionally, she shows how his policies have emboldened white supremacists and inspired acts of domestic terrorism.
VERDICT A fascinating analysis of Miller and his frightening effects on immigration policy, enriched by the author’s vast experience reporting on the U.S.-Mexico border. Recommended for readers interested in politics and immigration.

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