Former President Donald Trump’s senior aide Stephen Miller has launched a new organization that aims to challenge the Biden administration’s policies in courts — and is being billed as a conservative American Civil Liberties Union.
Miller, the architect of the Trump White House’s immigration policies, launched America First Legal this week, which will work with Republican attorneys general around the country to push back against President Biden’s rollback of Trump’s policies.
Trump put out a statement Wednesday promoting the project, and urging his supporters to get behind it.
“Stephen Miller is a fearless, principled fighter for the America First movement. He has backbone, integrity, and never gives up. As we know, the Radical Left has been relentless in waging their battles in court. Conservatives and America First supporters badly need to catch up and turn the tables, which is why I applaud Stephen and Mark Meadows for rushing to fill this critical void,” Trump said in a statement released Wednesday.
“The era of unilateral legal surrender must end—and I hope all America First patriots will get behind America First Legal,” it added.
Jason Miller, Trump’s senior adviser, tweeted about the organization Wednesday morning and linked to a report in the Wall Street Journal about it.
The report said Stephen Miller would enlist lawyers from the Trump administration, GOP attorneys general and other attorneys around the country to help them in their cases against Biden.
“Anything the president does that we believe to be illegal is fair game,” Stephen Miller told the newspaper.
He described the new organization as something of a conservative version of the ACLU, adding that the nonprofit group often targeted the Trump administration.
When the Trump White House rolled out a new initiative, “we wouldn’t get just one lawsuit in one court, we’d get six lawsuits in six courts,” he said.
“It was an extraordinarily effective tactic, and there’s no counterpoint to that on our side,” Stephen Miller said.
America First Legal counts former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker as supporters, and both sit on the organization’s board.