As thousands of Afghan refugees making off the Taliban arrive in the United States, a small number of ex-US Donald Trump government officials are working to turn GOPs against them. The former officials are writing position papers, appearing on conservation media outlets, and meeting privately with Republican legislators, all to turn Afghanistan’s collapse into another opportunity to push a hardline immigration plan.
The architect of Donald Trump’s most conservative immigration policies, Stephen Miller, said that it’s a cooperation based on mutual trust. He told his stress had been in talking to Congressional members to build support for opposing the current U.S. administration’s overall refugee tactics.
The tactic is not embraced by all GOP leaders, with some citing it mean-spirited and in disagreement with Christian teachings that are vital to the “white evangelicals” who play an essential part in the party’s base. Moreover, the approach relies on plans that’re commonplace during Trump-time and turns off several voters, including racist tropes, scaremongering, and wrongdoing allegations.
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Moreover, the hardliners take heed of the human reality unfolding in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, where those who supported U.S. forces during the war are despairing to leave for fear that new Taliban rule could kill them.
68% Americans Support the U.S. Taking in Afghan Refugees
But the GOPs pushing the matter are betting they could open a new front in culture wars they’ve been fighting since Joe Biden’s election by combining the anti-foreign opinion that aided fuel Biden’s predecessor’s political rise with extensive dissatisfaction with the Afghan pullout. They anticipate keeping Republican voters motivated heading into 2022 midterms when U.S. Congress’ control is concerned.
Donald Trump’s former budget chief and Center for Renewing America’s President, Russ Vought, said that from a political point of view, cultural problems are the critical problems that are on American’s minds. He said that his group is working to “kind of punch through that unanimity that has existed,” that the pullout was messy, but Afghanistan refugees deserve to come to America.
According to the Washington Post/ABC News survey between August and September, when questioned about refugees, 68 percent of U.S. people express they support America taking in those leaving the Taliban-controlled country after security screening. That includes around 56 percent GOPs.
The U.S. State Department has stated that over 23800 Afghan citizens reached America between 17-31st August. Moreover, thousands of additional remain at American military locations overseas for screening purposes.
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