The more the Biden administration spins the so-called vetting process of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, the overwhelming majority of whom did not possess special immigrant visas, the more the whole thing reeks.
The Special Immigrant Visa program included an extensive vetting process and the applicants had to work for the U.S. for at least two years, but it has since been learned that most of those evacuated from Kabul were not interpreters or other Afghans who had assisted the U.S. mission — in short, the Biden administration has no idea who many of these people are.
Proof of this assertion can be seen in an NBC News report, which said an estimated 100 Afghan refugees evacuated to the United States have been flagged for potential ties to terrorist organizations, including the Taliban.
Citing sources familiar with evacuation efforts, NBC News reported that out of more than 30,000 evacuees from Afghanistan, about 10,000 needed additional screening as of Friday.
“And of those about 100 were flagged for possible ties to the Taliban or terror groups,” the sources said.
Two Afghans flagged “raised enough concern for additional review,” according to a new report, prompting the U.S. to send them to Kosovo for further vetting.
The report cited a senior federal law enforcement official, who confirmed as much.
“A lot of people were moved very quickly and the intelligence community has been working hard to evaluate whether any of them pose a threat,” the official said. “Some of the vetting occurs while they are overseas, and some of it occurs here … We are not going to allow people to intentionally be released into the community if they have unresolved derogatory information.”
Sources said evaluations are now underway in the Washington, D.C. area after some evacuees previously deported from the U.S. for past criminal offenses were found — any other refugees who raise security concerns will reportedly also be sent to Kosovo.
“The Department of Homeland Security is now deciding what to do with the individuals,” the report said.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price claimed on Thursday that those who evacuated from Afghanistan would “undergo a rigorous vet” before coming to the U.S.
“Before anyone who is evacuated from Afghanistan comes to this country, they undergo a rigorous vet,” Price said. “Unless and until they complete that vet they will not be in a position to come to the U.S.”
NBC News had previously reported that a senior State Department official said that it appeared a “majority” of Afghans who had worked for the U.S. military and applied for Special Immigrant Visas had not been evacuated and remained in Afghanistan.
“I don’t have an estimate for you on the numbers of SIVs and family members who are still there,” said the official, who was in Kabul during the evacuation. ‘But I would say it’s the majority of them, just based on anecdotal information about the populations we were able to support.”
In an interview Saturday with Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin, Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said amid security concerns that he was “very comfortable” with the tactics being used to approve refugee entry to the United States.
“What they’re doing as people come in, they’re getting their names registered,” the general explained. “They’re doing the biometrics. They check their irises. They do their fingerprints. They take a full facial photo.”
Milley also said he believes the conditions in Afghanistan could “likely” develop into a civil war and lead to an resurgence of terror groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda, which makes for a sobering thought 5 days before the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
“My military estimate is that the conditions are likely to develop of a civil war. I don’t know if the Taliban is going to be able to consolidate power and establish governance”
US General Mark Milley, chairperson of Joint Chiefs of Staff pic.twitter.com/eLYoVcMGzn
— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) September 5, 2021
A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll showed that American attitudes toward accepting Afghan refugees is waning.
“The survey of 1,605 U.S. adults, which was conducted from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, found that overall support for resettling Afghan refugees in the United States has declined over the previous two weeks from 49 percent to 44 percent, while uncertainty over the issue has grown by 7 percent — with 34 percent of respondents saying they are “not sure” whether refugees fleeing Afghanistan should be allowed to come to the U.S., compared with 27 percent two weeks earlier,” Yahoo News reported.
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