Afghan refugees evacuated from Kabul and taken to a military base in southwestern Wisconsin have been allowed to leave the facility unsupervised and before they have been properly vetted by the State Department and U.S. intelligence, according to a GOP lawmaker.
“It appears the Biden administration is doubling down by bringing people who are unvetted into our country,” Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.), told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Monday evening in discussing a recent trip he made to Fort McCoy, an Army installation in the southwestern part of his state.
Tiffany also said that during his visit he found that the installation had insufficient security to keep an eye on the more than 2,000 Afghan refugees who had been brought there.
The Wisconsin Republican went on to say that he was shocked that none of the refugees he came in contact with entered the U.S. on Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) status, which requires what generally amounts to a two-year vetting process.
“They were all there on parole. The parole authority is granted to the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He can just wave people in,” Tiffany explained to Carlson before accusing the administration of “circumventing the SIV process.”
But what actually caused him greater concern was that the unvetted refugees were not supervised and allowed to come and go on and off the base as they wanted.
“People could leave the base…without the authority of the general that is overseeing Fort McCoy,” he explained.
He went on to say that though “there are Afghans that should be able to come into our country…these people are not being vetted thoroughly.”
“They should go to a third, a safe third party country…or someplace like that and be vetted there. If they get through the vetting they should be able to come in,” he told the host.
“Eighty-four percent of the people that in the first quarter of this year that tried to get an SIV in Afghanistan, they were rejected. Only 16 percent were able to get in. This has to be a thorough vetting process,” Tiffany said. “The Biden administration is circumventing it.”
Meanwhile, other media outlets are reporting that several Afghans who were evacuated while hundreds of Americans were left behind have been detained or were flagged as suspicious.
According to Deutsche Welle, a German state-owned international broadcaster, seven Afghans were detained by authorities in that country after three were discovered with forged documents and four were found to have been deported back to their home country after committing “serious crimes.”
On Monday, the Washington Times reported that a convicted rapist had managed to reach the United States after being evacuated from the country.
The man was charged and convicted in the U.S. and had been deported.
“When American citizens were having trouble catching flights out of Kabul, Ghader Heydari made it on an Ethiopian Airlines charter flight for evacuees,” the outlet said. “Border officials flagged the 47-year-old on his arrival at Washington Dulles International Airport. They appear to be the first to have spotted his criminal and immigration history and derailed his entry.”
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