As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban arrive in the US, a handful of officials of former US President Donald Trump are working to turn the conservative Republican party against them.
The former officials are writing position papers, appearing on conservative television outlets, and meeting privately with GOP lawmakers – all in an effort to turn the collapse of Afghanistan into another opportunity to push a hardline immigration agenda.
“It is a collaboration based on mutual conviction,” said Stephen Miller, the architect of Trump’s most conservative immigration policies and among those engaged on the issue.
“My emphasis has been in talking to members of Congress to build support for opposing the Biden administration’s overall refugee plans.”
The approach is not embraced by