Ms. Narayanan and Ms. Awadelseid said they didn’t mind being featured in the convention, saying in interviews Wednesday that they were still celebrating their newly granted citizenship. But the video, in which the two women and three others received citizenship, has been faulted by Democrats and other administration critics who say Mr. Trump’s team politicized government functions by showing the naturalization ceremony, as well as another video in which he issued a pardon during the second night of the GOP convention…

“We were just happy it was happening in a special place,” Ms. Narayanan said. “It was just a happy moment that I was cherishing with my husband,” she said, adding: “This is a very great honor that the United States has extended to me.”…

Tim Miller, the political director for Republican Voters Against Trump, said it was unethical for Mr. Trump to incorporate people without their consent for political purposes.

“He’s exploiting these people at a ceremony that is sacred and fundamental to what makes this country great,” said Mr. Miller, a Republican strategist who worked for Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign. “He’s using them in the most cynical and dishonest way. His own policies would cut refugee admissions and asylum status, making it hard for these naturalization ceremonies to happen.”