A second Afghan evacuee who was allegedly “vetted” by the Biden administration was apprehended in Washington, D.C. after it was discovered that he was a felon convicted of robbery and was deported in 2017.
The unnamed man was convicted of aggravated robbery in 2011 and it took six years to deport him. Despite the administration’s “multilayered” vetting process that supposedly involves multiple federal agencies, the felon was cleared to board a U.S.-bound flight from Afghanistan. He touched down at Washington Dulles International Airport and deplaned before he was flagged by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents according to the Washington Times.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defended the vetting process in place during an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington.
“We screen and vet individuals before they board planes to travel to the United States and that screening and vetting process is an ongoing one and multi-layered,” Mayorkas asserted, according to Fox News.
“We work with law enforcement, counter-terrorist, and intelligence communities to achieve that vetting,” he added. “We do not do it alone in the Department of Homeland Security – once again, we do it with the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, and other departments and agencies across the federal enterprise.”
Second major felon found on Afghan evacuation flight… pic.twitter.com/yHhGXcJ7cO
— mkjpriyanshu (@mpriyanshu1982) September 17, 2021
The felon is now in deportation proceedings.
This is the second known felon to slip through the vetting process for Afghanistan evacuees coming to the United States after the catastrophic fall of the country to the Taliban.
A convicted rapist was also deported in 2017 but managed to make it to Dulles as well. He was arrested after hitching a ride on an Ethiopian Airlines evacuation flight out of Kabul. Ghader Heydari, 47, wound up being nailed by border officials when he arrived in D.C.
It is not known how Heydari got on the flight. Reports claim it is doubtful that he had a Special Immigrant Visa or that he was even an evacuee.
Unbelievably, when Heydari arrived in the US on the evacuation flight, officials evidently tried to persuade him to cancel his request to enter but he refused, according to the Daily Mail.
Evacuees are supposed to be screened at transit hubs outside the U.S. before being permitted to enter the country. Heydari seems to have slipped through somehow.
An unnamed senior Biden administration official also allegedly claimed that his rape conviction was not enough to keep him off the flight due to the extreme nature of the humanitarian crisis, the British tabloid reported.
A man who allegedly matches the description of Heydari was convicted of rape in Ada County, Idaho, in 2010 and served more than five years in prison for it. He reportedly came to America as a refugee and was given a green card in 2000.
Heydari is currently being detained at an ICE facility in Virginia, pending further action.
Conservatives and critics of the Biden administration are alarmed at the incompetent handling of the evacuations from Afghanistan.
“A lot of time and effort and taxpayer dollars have gone into removing dangerous individuals from our society,” Jon Feere, who is the director of investigations for the Center for Immigration Studies, told the Washington Times. “In one fell swoop, we’re simply going to return them to the U.S. without thinking ahead of the consequences.”
Feere previously served as chief of staff at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Shockingly, no one is surprised at the incompetency of the Biden administration when it comes to vetting:
— ana mcnally (@aimcnally1956) September 16, 2021
I bet there is more
— Laura (@Laura71590193) September 16, 2021
And now he is running for Congress as a Democrat with the backing of the squad..
— Thad Braxton (@RealThadBraxton) September 16, 2021
Easy to pass overseas checks when the only question is “do you swear to vote for the democrat party once you arrive in Texas”
— WeNoMakeRule (@RulesWeNoMakey) September 16, 2021
— Max Power (@Max_Power2006) September 16, 2021
What? I thought they had all been scrupulously vetted.
— Carolyn Johnson (@Carolyn83103672) September 12, 2021
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