A top homeland security adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence accused the Trump administration of distorting the truth about Afghan refugees, writing on Twitter that the former president and Stephen Miller, his top immigration adviser, were trying to prevent the refugees from entering the country. enter the United States.
In an interview, Olivia Troye recalled attending meetings where Mr. Miller demanded restrictions on refugees, including those from Afghanistan and Iraq. She said the cuts in the refugee program during the Trump years have eroded the government’s ability to bring interpreters and others to the United States.
“Now we are in this crisis and they are saying Trump would have evacuated them,” Ms Troye said. “But he hadn’t for four years. You are not allowed to play revisionist history here. There are people who know what’s going on.”
President Donald J. Trump and his allies have repeatedly claimed in recent days that his administration would have handled a withdrawal from Afghanistan better than President Biden, whom he criticized for failing to evacuate Americans and Afghans working with the United States. Top Conservative commentators, including Ben Domenech, have tweeted in support of Mr Trump.
Ms. Troye refuted those claims on Twitter and in an interview, claiming instead that Trump administration officials were working against the entry of Afghan and Iraqi allies into the country by granting them a special immigrant visa that indicated they supported the U.S. war effort. supported.
Miller “and his drivers across the administration would undermine anyone working to solve the SIV problem by destroying the system at DHS & State,” she wrote on Twitter.
Mr. Miller has successfully pushed for deep cuts in the number of refugees the United States lets into the country, although the Trump administration wanted to prioritize the more limited visas for those for Afghans and Iraqis by the end of the president’s term.
In 2017, when Trump imposed a travel ban on foreigners, including Iraqis, HR McMaster, the former national security adviser, was furious that it would block Iraqi allies helping the military there during the war. After repeated clashes between Mr. McMaster and Mr. Miller, Mr. Trump reluctantly agreed to take Iraq out of the travel ban.
The Biden administration has said only fully vetted Afghans will enter the United States. But in a series of tweets last week, Mr. Miller to bring “millions” of Afghans to the United States.
“In short, if we’re not careful, the only thing we can show in 20 years in Afghanistan is a failed terror state, a humanitarian catastrophe and an immigration policy that has brought the threat of jihadism to our shores,” said Mr Miller. wrote.
“If we are to help the *millions* of people likely to leave Afghanistan safely and effectively,” he added, “the focus must be on regional resettlement — not mass relocations within the United States.”