Former Trump aide Stephen Miller, who was at the forefront of Trump’s anti-immigration and child separation policies, has charged the Biden administration with racism. Miller has founded a legal group that has filed a lawsuit that claims that Biden’s American Rescue Plan is discriminatory against white farmers.
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The legal group in question – American First Legal – was originally founded to challenge the “radical activist left”. It has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit on behalf of a private citizen Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. The suit takes issue with Biden’s $5 billion loan forgiveness provision for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. According to the lawsuit, the Department of Agriculture has interpreted the phrase “socially disadvantaged” to include African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan natives, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders. However, it crucially leaves out white farmers and ranchers. White farmers would not be eligible for aid under these federal programs under this interpretation.
The suit claimed that the language of racial exclusion in the Plan is unconstitutional and appealed to the court to declare that the phrase ‘socially disadvantaged group’ must be revisited to include “ethnic groups of all types that have been subjected to racial and ethnic prejudice, including (but not limited to) Irish, Italians, Germans, Jews, and eastern Europeans.”
In a statement to the press on Wednesday, Miller invoked the words and vision of Martin Luther King. “We hold fast to the immortal words of Martin Luther King Jr. that Americans ‘should not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” he said.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed that they are working with the Department of Justice to review the complaint but would “continue to implement the debt relief to qualified socially disadvantaged borrowers under the American Rescue Plan Act.”