Miller tangles with Florida GOP freshman at House immigration meeting




  • In Politics
  • 2021-02-24 16:42:39Z
  • By Politico
 

Freshman GOP Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar got into a lively exchange over immigration with former Trump aide Stephen Miller during a meeting with a group of House Republicans on Wednesday, according to multiple Republican sources.

The back-and-forth came during the end of Miller's presentation before the Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative caucus within the House GOP. Miller, the architect of Donald Trump's hard-line immigration policies, spoke before the group alongside other former Trump administration immigration officials.

Sources say Salazar pushed for immigration policies that would broaden the GOP tent while challenging Miller on how Republicans can attract Hispanic and Latino voters given the ultra-conservative policies he is advocating.

The gathering - which also included Tom Homan and Mark Morgan, two top Trump immigration officials - comes as Democrats are expected to soon introduce legislation to overhaul the U.S. immigration system.

Salazar is a Cuban American, and immigration is among her top policy areas of interest. During her campaign for Florida's 27th District, she highlighted U.S. policy toward Cuba and Latin America more broadly.

Miller responded calmly, according to sources. And then Salazar and Miller stayed afterwards to talk for roughly 30 minutes, one source added.

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