Although President Biden faced criticism from who stayed Afghanistan, There are more and more questions about who was evacuated-Andy Biggs, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, is seeking answers.
Mr. Biggs, a Republican from Arizona, pointed out in a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Majorcas that there were reports that suspicious persons were airlifted on U.S. evacuation flights, and 20,000 of them had arrived. In the United States, more than 40,000 people are waiting at overseas bases in the United States.
Mr. Biggs said it was time for the government to disclose whether it would collect fingerprints from everyone brought to the United States under Mr. Majorcas’s power of parole.He also asked for a full explanation of how the government censored those eager to board a plane to escape. Afghanistan.
Mr. Biggs asked to know how Mr. Majorcas’s department monitors the 20,000 Afghans already on US soil and what will happen to those who were brought here but were later deemed to be a security risk.
“We have all witnessed chaotic evacuation scenes in Afghanistan. This raises serious questions about who is brought into our country,” the congressman told the Washington Times. “We need to ensure that these people are properly vetted and do not pose a risk to our community. The security of the United States must be given priority. “
He quoted report The Washington Times reported that a 47-year-old Afghan citizen arrived in the United States on an evacuation flight despite his previous conviction and deportation. He cited multiple news reports that the authorities have matched up to 100 evacuated Afghans with the government watch list.
“These reports are very disturbing,” Mr. Biggs and his colleagues wrote in a letter sent on Thursday and signed by 31 other Republican lawmakers.
They gave Mr. Mayorkas a deadline of September 10.
Although Pentagon officials said this week that they have housed 20,000 evacuated Afghans at eight US bases and 43,000 evacuated Afghans at overseas bases, it is difficult to obtain detailed information about the air operations.
The airlift was advertised as an opportunity to help Afghans in the American war, such as translators or guides. There is a program specially prepared for them, called the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV).But according to reports, the government admitted to trapping most of them in Afghanistan.
This raises new questions about who is brought out.
Almost all people arriving in the United States seem to have been granted humanitarian parole rights under Mr. Majorcas, which should be exercised on a case-by-case basis for special humanitarian reasons or in the interests of the country.
Some people may be getting SIV, and parole gives them the opportunity to complete the process. But according to members of Congress, most people are not in special visa applications.
They must try to find another legal status.
They can no longer apply for refugee status, but they can apply for asylum.
The U.S. State Department stated that at the end of the airlift, it would process 1,000 SIV applications per week, but admitted that it had expected the Afghan government to hold on for a longer period of time to allow people more time to be reviewed.