Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Afghan Refugees Who Should Have Been Denied Entry Identified After Evacuating to US; Report: Dozens of Afghan Refugees Sent to U.S. After Pullout Went Missing

Afghan refugees who should have been denied entry identified after evacuating to US:
The Department of Defense’s inspector general laid out flaws in the United States’s vetting process for Afghans who left their home country in the midst of the military withdrawal in August.
The National Counterterrorism Center did not use all of the DOD data to vet the evacuees, roughly 120,000 in total during the month of August, prior to their arrival in the continental U.S., according to the inspector general report, which was released this week.
Specifically, the NCTC did not have access to biometric or contextual data within the automated biometric identification system database because the National Ground Intelligence Center has agreements with foreign partners that bar the sharing of some of that data with other U.S. agencies, per the report.
The NGIC reviewed Customs and Border Protection records to complete checks despite saying it wouldn't have the time to compare that information with the ABIS database before an impending deadline. It “identified Afghans with derogatory information from the DoD ABIS data who were already in the United States.” --->READ MORE HERE
Dozens of Afghan Refugees Sent to U.S. After Pullout Went Missing: Report
A new report found that dozens of Afghan refugees out of nearly 80,000 evacuees who came to the U.S. were not fully vetted when they arrived and can't be located in the U.S.
The Department of Defense's Inspector General report released February 15 revealed that the missing Afghans have "derogatory information," which it identifies as information "that potentially justifies an unfavorable fitness or access determination." This is a case that then requires further investigation.
The report stated that the National Counter-Terrorism Center didn't vet Afghan evacuees using all the Defense Department data before they have arrived.
"This occurred because Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) enrollments were compared against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) data, which did not initially include all biometric data located in the DoD Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) database," the report stated. --->READ MORE HERE
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