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GOP rift widens amid growing hostility to Afghan refugees

Discussion in 'North American Politics' started by danieldemol, Aug 28, 2021.

  1. danieldemol

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    'As the U.S. rushes to evacuate Americans and allies from the chaos of Afghanistan, a growing number of Republicans are questioning why the U.S. should take in Afghan citizens who worked side by side with Americans, further exacerbating divides within the party heading into next year’s midterm elections.'

    Source: GOP rift widens amid growing hostility to Afghan refugees

    Its sad to see a part of the republicans appear to be turning on those Afghans who risked their lives alongside US troops with unevidenced allegations of terrorism.

    In my opinion.
     
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    I'm an (R) and support immigration from Afghanistan and other nations, especially with so many job openings that Americans are unwilling to fill.
     
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    anna b. Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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    I understand the risk that violent anti-Ameristanian elements
    could gain entry to the country. But I compare risks of domestic
    terrorism from them vs risks of death to our Afghan allies, &
    find the latter to be far more compelling.
    I'm prejudiced...I miss a former local eatery called
    The Afghan Home Restaurant. I'd like to see its return.
     
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    You would like to think that wouldn’t you.

    From what I’ve seen Red is not against immigration. It is against illegal immigration.

    People who loyally worked or fought side by side with Americans through war, have more than earned a place at the table, in my opinion. I’ve fine with them entering legally and being processed as American citizens. They’ve displayed more loyalty to America than those people here who never feel they have enough rights, who constantly complain about how horrible America is... who disrespect our flag, our history, our soldiers, our police, and our laws, and who live and breathe as ungrateful hypocrites in so much that they do. I suspect these new legal immigrants will value and cherish their lives here far more than many among Blue.
     
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    There are idiots in every political party
     
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    Xenophobia & religious bigotry in the Republican Party, who would ever imagine that! :rolleyes:
     
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  8. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    We have a point of agreement.
     
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  9. Kooky

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    And Muslims.

    "On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that banned travel to the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries–Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen–and suspended the resettlement of all Syrian
    refugees."


    Given the US Republican party's record on immigration, it wouldn't be unexpected of them to attempt to bar immigration from Afghanistan for political refugees, or complain vocally about their supposed status as criminals and terrorists when they can't materially hinder these people from migrating to the US.
     
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    This is the same poor logic that led to confused, gullible CNN devotees believing that banning travel from China at the beginning of the pandemic was due to “anti Asian racism” and “white supremacy”.
     
  11. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    I certainly don't view it that way. I doubt most Republicans do either.
     
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    Its not what I would "like to think", Trump and the other Republicans listed in the source are real Republicans with their real views expressed, and AP is a reliable news source.

    You can bury your head in the sand about it all you want.

    In my opinion.
     
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  13. danieldemol

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    True, and Trump appears to be one of them.

    From the source:

    'Little more than a week ago, as the Taliban’s stunning takeover of Afghanistan still was snapping into focus, former President Donald Trump issued a statement saying “civilians and others who have been good to our Country ... should be allowed to seek refuge.” But in more recent days, he has turned to warning of the alleged dangers posed by those desperately trying to flee their country before an end-of-month deadline.

    “How many terrorists will Joe Biden bring to America?” he asked.'

    In my opinion.
     
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  14. tytlyf

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    I hear this talking point a lot. I've never seen someone prove it.
     
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    "Will trade racists for refugees."
     
  16. Kooky

    Kooky Freedom from Sanity

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    It is indeed very poor logic to ban immigration from Syria while clamoring to let in political refugees, but I don't think logical conclusions were the foundation of those policies to begin with; they were, at their core, political signals for a specific section of their voter base that needed to feel like they were being pandered to on some level.

    And it worked - to this day, I've seen not a single point of criticism from conservatives in this regard; the US Republican party's small gestures of xenophobia were evidently sufficient to keep them loyal.
     
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