Refugees ... come here. They work hard. They fight hard for success. And so if anybody wants to go out and fear monger and continue that darkness in your heart and speak in it so you can win an election, A, you're either evil at your heart yourself or, B, you're a charlatan who's only interested in winning reelection. — Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
Refugees ... come here. They work hard. They fight hard for success. And so if anybody wants to go out and fear monger and continue that darkness in your heart and speak in it so you can win an election, A, you're either evil at your heart yourself or, B, you're a charlatan who's only interested in winning reelection. — Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
America's role in resettling Afghans becomes next political battle in the fallout over US withdrawal
Biden's compassion and empathy for those in need has been a hallmark of his career -- and it was one of his central appeals in the 2020 campaign. But he now finds himself constrained by the looming pressures of election year politics and the corrosive, nativist rhetoric of a former President who may well challenge him in 2024 and is already looking for any opportunity to claim that his successor did not put America first -- as he did at an Alabama rally Saturday night.

... The images of desperation from inside Afghanistan are creating complex new fault lines in that debate as US lawmakers attempt to define the scope of American responsibility for getting vulnerable Afghans out of the country and finding them a place to go. There is an emerging divide within the Republican Party -- fueled in part by anti-immigrant rhetoric on Fox News and from Trump loyalists -- that is certain to heat up as more Afghans are loaded onto planes seeking permanent homes in the US and other nations.

... Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois also shed light on the US' longstanding commitment to refugees on Sunday, telling CNN's Brianna Keilar on "State of the Union" that "America's always been the country that opens our heart."

"Refugees to this country have always been the ones that are extremely entrepreneurial," he said. "I mean, we all know that. They come here. They work hard. They fight hard for success. And so if anybody wants to go out and fear monger and continue that darkness in your heart and speak in it so you can win an election, A, you're either evil at your heart yourself or, B, you're a charlatan who's only interested in winning reelection."


... But some staunch Trump loyalists -- and the former President himself -- have spent the past week engaging in revisionist history about their own role in Afghanistan's crisis, including their relentless advocacy for drastic cuts to the overall number of refugees accepted by the United States -- a major factor in the current visa processing backlog.
Read the full article: https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/politics/biden-afghan-refugees-resettlement-us-politics/index.html