White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has been identified as the driving force behind the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that separates immigrant children from their families at the US-Mexico border.
At 32 years old, he has been a rising star on the far right for years, often making headlines because of his polarizing demeanor and statements long before The New York Times reported June 16 that he was the origin of the controversial policy.
One of the few remaining staffers from Trump’s 2016 campaign, Miller also writes the president’s biggest speeches, including Trump’s first State of the Union address.
His hard-line positions and knack for policy have made him a force to be reckoned with. But before Miller became a major figure in the Trump administration, he was an outspoken, conservative activist in high school and college who worked on congressional campaigns.
Here’s how Miller became Trump’s right-hand policy man: