Friday, November 26, 2021

Biden Admin Didn't Actually Bother Vetting Afghan Refugees; Most Afghan Evacuees Not Vetted Before Entering Country, GOP Memo Says; Tens of Thousands Entered US Unvetted After Kabul Airlift

Biden Admin Didn't Actually Bother Vetting Afghan Refugees:
The Obama administration liked to claim that it engaged in thorough vetting of the Muslim refugees it brought to America. The Biden administration dispensed with the pretense of even bothering.
While vetting isn't especially effective, it still is manpower resource intensive and time consuming.
The Biden administration had set out to quickly move Afghan refugees through a pipeline from Muslim countries hosting them that didn't want them to the U.S. And with huge unprecedented numbers of migrants with little in the way of paperwork and a narrow time frame, there was no time for any of that.
How did the Biden admin manage it? They didn't. --->READ MORE HERE
Most Afghan evacuees not vetted before entering country, GOP memo says:
Nearly all of the roughly 82,000 Afghans that were evacuated to the United States from Kabul in August were not properly vetted before they entered the country, a GOP Senate memo claims.
The current administration has not vetted information provided by tens of thousands of Afghans through in-person interviews, choosing instead to rely solely on criminal and terrorist databases to seed out potential threats — or “screenings” — the congressional memo claims, according to the Washington Examiner.
The memo — drafted by senate Republicans in October — summarizes interviews with federal officials from the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State and Justice who oversaw what they depicted as a reckless screening and vetting process at home and at military bases, the Examiner reported.
Roughly 75 percent of those evacuated from Afghanistan were not American citizens, green card holders, Afghanistan Special Immigrant Visa [SIV] holders or visa applicants, sources familiar with the memo told The Washington Examiner. --->READ MORE HERE
Tens of thousands entered US unvetted after Kabul airlift, officials say in memo:
Almost none of the 82,000 people airlifted from Kabul in August were vetted before being admitted to the United States, despite claims to the contrary from the Biden administration, according to a congressional memo summarizing interviews with federal officials who oversaw the effort at domestic and international military bases.
Senior officials across the departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State, and Justice described a disastrous screening and vetting process in the memo, drafted by Senate Republicans in late October.
The Biden administration failed to vet the information that tens of thousands of Afghans provided through in-person interviews and relied solely on criminal and terrorist databases to flag bad actors, according to the memo — that is, merely screening, rather than vetting, people brought to the U.S.
The administration also brought into the U.S. tens of thousands of Afghans who were not qualified. The large majority of people, approximately 75%, evacuated were not American citizens, green card holders, Afghan Special Immigrant Visa holders, or applicants for the visa, three people familiar with the interviews outlined in the memo told the Washington Examiner.
As of early October, just 700 of the 82,000 admitted into the U.S. were determined to hold Special Immigrant Visas, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ranking Republican Rob Portman of Ohio said in a Nov. 4 speech. A Special Immigration Visa, or SIV, is a special classification for foreigners granted permanent residency as a result of aiding the U.S. government during the war on terror. --->READ MORE HERE
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