More than four months ago, the Biden Administration flew roughly 75,000 Afghans out of the war-torn nation. According to Senators, Congress still has no idea who the refugees are or are eligible to be admitted to the United States. The legislators have demanded an accounting from the Biden Administration for its botched screening efforts. They also urge the authorities to address the evacuation and relocation operation’s lack of openness.
Over 12,000 Afghan migrants, with the possibility of thousands more, entered without a visa or even essential identification. In September, Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified to Congress that most refugees were not screened before arriving in the United States. Internal communications suggest that personnel in charge of the evacuation mission were told to fill aircraft with unvetted Afghans to “excess.” The letter said that “they remain worried about their authorities’ ability to examine these individuals if they lack identifying documents thoroughly.”
Moreover, the legislators demand that the Biden Administration reveal how many Afghan refugees remain unidentified and what procedures are being done to ensure they are not dangerous criminals or terrorists. The congressmen were particularly concerned that the Afghans were being evacuated so quickly while hundreds of Americans were stranded in the country with no route out. In October, the Biden Administration stated that 300 Americans were still trapped in Afghanistan.
Furthermore, Senators have requested information on how many Afghan refugees have been resettled in the United States from the Department of Homeland Security. They also want to know if they are linked to terrorism or other criminal activity. According to reports, some of those transported to the United States were child trafficking and lewd offenses. It provides information on whether any Afghans were held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement due to national security concerns.