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Only a small number of Afghan evacuees who came to the United States following President Biden’s decision earlier this year to withdraw U.S. troops from the country were investigated in addition to being screened, according to a memo drafted by Senate Republicans, a report said. .
The alleged lack of control of most of the evacuees – which would contradict a Biden pledge in August – represents a breach of a long-running U.S. refugee policy, the report said.
While the Biden administration screened the more than 82,000 refugees through terrorist and criminal databases, officials failed to use information gathered from interviews, the memo said, citing Washington Examiner, citing sources, and about 75% of those allowed in the United States , were not US citizens, visa holders, applicants or green card holders.
“They created a brand new, cloth-free screening process just for this population,” the source, who requested anonymity, told the examiner. “And then they said to everyone, ‘This is what you follow.’ [the Defense Department] was such a heavy part of this and they follow orders. And then they say, ‘OK, here’s the checklist. I want to do exactly what the checklist says – no more. ‘ So that’s how it happened, but it was managed centrally via DHS [Department of Homeland Security]. “
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The source said it was a “significant” departure from standard refugee screening. Vetting became a claim after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
In August, Biden promised that the evacuees would be examined.
– Flights departing from Kabul do not fly directly to the United States, Biden said in a statement at the time. “They land at U.S. military bases and transit centers around the world. In these places where they land, we conduct a thorough investigation – security screenings for anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or legally resident.”
“We are conducting a thorough investigation – security screenings for anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or legally resident.”
The vast majority of the evacuees were not examined because only a small number were marked by U.S. databases, and only these individuals were further examined by officials, the memo said, according to the examiner.
The Department of Homeland Security claimed in a statement to the examiner that it had carried out “strict, multi-layer and control” on arrivals from Afghanistan.
“As with any population entering the United States, DHS, in coordination with interagency partners, takes several steps to ensure that those seeking entry do not pose a national or public security risk,” DHS officials told the newspaper. The rigorous, multi-layered screening and control process involves biometric and biographical screenings performed by intelligence, law enforcement and counter-terrorism professionals from DHS and DOD, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and additional intelligence community partners. “The process includes reviewing fingerprints, photos and biographical data for each Afghan before they are allowed to travel to the United States.”
DHS did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment after opening hours.
Robert Charles, a former Assistant Secretary of State under the administration of former President George W. Bush, addressed the inquiry on Friday during an appearance on “FOX and Friends First.”
“That means you have 73,000 plus, which you really should have been under control, and it takes time,” Charles said.
He called the situation a “double tragedy”.
“We have left Americans and visa holders and [Special Immigrants Visa] holders and permanent residents and former employees of the embassy back in Afghanistan, and we withdrew 73,000, which we really had no reason to withdraw. “
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He added that new threats are unlikely to be marked on a database, necessitating further screening.
“We must be right 100% of the time. The bad guys should only be right 1% of the time,” Charles added.
“We must be right 100% of the time. The bad guys should only be right 1% of the time.”
Another source told the examiner: “If someone from Afghanistan were to present themselves at our southern border, which in itself is a disaster, they would be marked for further follow-up and have an interview. Unfortunately, in this new system, they set up specifically to this population, most of these people did not get any kind of personal interview. “