WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to a report from Breitbart News, Joe Biden is allegedly hiding information on the more than 75,000 Afghans his administration has brought to the United States since August 2021.
On December 16th, 2021, Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Rick Scott (R-FL) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken inquiring about such information related to the thousands of Afghans whom Biden has flown to the United States over the last five months.
Republican senators say the Biden administration failed to deliver a report detailing the vetting of more than 78,000 Afghans evacuated as the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan.
— Newsmax (@newsmax) January 4, 2022
In their letter, the Senators wrote, in part:
“During a nonpublic briefing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, it was made clear that not all security and vetting measures have been taken to ensure the safety of our homeland … We write today to request information about how your agencies are vetting/screening these individuals.”
As of January 3, Johnson’s office told Breitbart News that they have yet to get a response from the administration about their inquiry, despite requesting that the information be made available to them by December 30th.
In their letter, the Senator’s wrote:
“It is beyond unacceptable that several months after President Biden’s disastrous and deadly withdrawal we still do not have a full account of all the Americans who are still trapped in Afghanistan or a full account of the Afghans who were evacuated to the U.S.”
The letter added:
“I urge you to immediately address the lack of transparency regarding this evacuation and resettlement operation and be straightforward with the American people.”
Mayorkas himself admitted that the vetting procedures for Afghans arriving in the United States are minimal.
During a congressional hearing in November 2021, he said:
“We are not conducting in-person, refugee interviews of 100 percent [of] individuals.”
As working class Americans struggle to afford groceries and gas in the Biden economy, Elites in Washington are resettling more than 52,000 Afghans across American cities, towns, and communities this year, with help from the GOP. https://t.co/bRO0fEZ7VQ
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 1, 2022
The Senators asked Mayorkas and Blinken to provide the number of Afghans connected to derogatory information, interviewed in-person, put into secondary screening proceedings, arrested once in the U.S., deported from the U.S., put into deportation proceedings, and send back to a third country for further vetting.
The Biden administration has failed to say just how Afghans are being screened and vetted, putting the country in grave danger.
Reportedly, following an inquiry by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Biden concealed the number of Afghans who were able to arrive in the United States despite being on the “No Fly List”.
The Senators also asked for information related to the identifying documents of Afghans, such as the number of Afghans who arrived in the United States with no ID and how many arrived with only a birth certificate or other travel documents that would typically be insufficient for foreign nationals to come to the United States.
According to reports, Biden has resettled more than 52,000 Afghans in American communities since August 2021 while another 22,500 Afghans remain at U.S. military bases that have since been transformed into refugee camps.
#Republicans say #Mayorkas failed to deliver report on evacuated #Afghans#Biden Admin over one month late to deliver #Congressionally mandated report on vetting of 78,000 Afghans evacuated amid chaotic U.S. withdrawal#DoS : 40% of evacuees SIV eligiblehttps://t.co/exQ8Xa5CfC
— Afghanistan News Alerts (@AfghanNewsAlert) January 4, 2022
Most are arriving on humanitarian parole, a visa-less category for anyone claiming to be facing persecution, while a few are Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders.
According to data, refugee resettlement costs American taxpayers nearly $9 billion every five years and each refugee costs taxpayers about $133,000 over the course of their lifetime.
It is reported that within five years, an estimated 16 percent of all refugees admitted to the U.S. will need housing assistance paid for by American taxpayers.
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Funding terrorists? Biden administration reportedly wants to release money to the Taliban
December 26th, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – Recent news reports from Khaama Press, an Afghanistan News Agency, reported that the Biden Administration was considering unfreezing Afghanistan’s financial assets so that they could be accessed by the known terrorist group that overtook the country, the Taliban.
Report: Biden Might Release Funds To The Taliban – Joe Allegedly Will Un-Freeze Afghan Government Assets https://t.co/PFkd3nB5EC
— Deana (@Deana36038722) December 22, 2021
Afghanistan had its assets frozen by the United States when it became clear that the country would fall. The reason was to prevent the Taliban from ever getting access to those funds and potentially funding more terrorist activities.
However, that could all change if a report published by the Khaama Press is at all accurate.
On December 21st, the media group published a report that they had allegedly learned from the BBC that an unnamed United States official reported the Biden Administration is prepared to release at least a portion of the frozen assets.
According to the Khaama Press:
“The [BBC] source has said that the US administration has held a meeting in which easing sanctions on Afghanistan has been discussed in order to allow international aid organizations to deliver humanitarian aids to Afghanistan.”
"On Monday, more than 40 House Democrats penned a letter to Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to unfreeze the Afghan funds."
Biden Faces Pressure to Release Afghan Bank Reserves as Millions Face Starvation – https://t.co/hBAZgWfGs5
— Natylie Baldwin (@natyliesb) December 21, 2021
They note that the news of this supposed release of financial aid comes at the heels of an OIC session on Afghanistan that had ended in Islamabad where it was decided that humanitarian aids would be sent to the country immediately to “prevent the economic collapse of the country.”
They note that the news came as the US Special Representative to Afghanistan, Thomas West, allegedly met in private with the Taliban’s foreign minister, Amir Khan Motaq, a report that cannot be confirmed.
While this news cannot be independently verified in any manner, it is interesting to note that the State Department spokesman, Ned Price, spoke to reporters about the terrorist country on December 20th. Price said:
“When it comes to humanitarian assistance, the United States is the global leader…We have provided, since August, $208 million alone, we provided nearly $475 million over the course of this year.
We have taken other steps as a government to do what we can to facilitate the provision of additional humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.
Oh, you've GOT to be kidding me… 😖https://t.co/wZ2cKd7ao5
— Patriot Journal (@OnlinePatriots) December 22, 2021
“We are working with various UN bodies, including the UNDP, to find creative ways that we can infuse not only humanitarian aid but also liquidity into the Afghan economy…Thomas West was recently in Pakistan, where he attended a meeting of the OIC.
And the OIC recently announced in the context of that meeting the establishment of a trust fund, which will provide another important tool to provide money to the people of Afghanistan.”
While providing humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan that are subjected to the violent and bloody rule of the terrorist organization, the Taliban, seems noble… how is it that the United States and other countries plan on ensuring the people, not the terrorists, receive the money?
An even better question would be how does any country that provides financial assistance to the terrorist organization ensure that those funds are not used to fund terrorist activities?
Of course, the questions are rhetorical in nature as they most likely will never be asked by political leaders of any country. However, that has not stopped progressives and Democrats from calling on the Biden Administration to release the funds.
Warning of Starvation and ‘Humanitarian Collapse,’ Dozens of House Dems Urge Biden to Release Frozen Afghan Funds https://t.co/GPnon2CwL7
— Blue Headline (@blue_headline) December 20, 2021
Democratic leaders, Pramila Jayapal, Jamaal Bowman, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Cori Bush authored a letter to Democratic President Joe Biden urging for the release of funds to the terrorist organization.
The letter states in part:
“As you transition into a new phase of our relationship with the country and people of Afghanistan, we stand with American allies and humanitarian experts in urging the United States to avoid harsh economic measures that will directly harm Afghan families and children.
This means conscientiously but urgently modifying current U.S. policy regarding the freeze of Afghanistan’s foreign reserves and ongoing sanctions.”
According to the Washington Post, as Afghan refugee families are moved from temporary housing and care on military bases to cities throughout the United States, resettlement agencies are struggling to keep up with the volume of families waiting for permanent housing and additional aid.
KTRH NewsRadio reports that the White House has provided a “loose” estimate of 95,000 Afghans total coming into the United States.
The Washington Post notes:
“Federal officials say they are working to spread the evacuees to different parts of the country as they begin to shut down the temporary housing camps at seven military bases that are still home to 34,000 Afghans.
“The process is expected to be completed by mid-February.”
In some areas of the country, Oklahoma for instance, resettled refugees are being offered “free housing” to relocate there.
The Post adds:
“The evacuees are each entitled to receive $2,275 in federal support that is meant to cover housing costs, job training and other expenses over a three-month period once they are matched with a resettlement agency.”
Funding for such expenses is covered nationally by massive dollar amounts earmarked for Afghan refugees.
As we previously reported, Congress has now authorized a total of $13.3 billion for the Biden administration to settle Afghans in the United States.
Other areas of the country are working on additional local funding for Afghan refugees.
For example, according to Breitbart, New York taxpayers will be covering at least $5 million in relocation expenses, after Governor Kathy Hochul (D) earmarked an additional $2 million for that purpose.
Also for example, in Oregon, Yahoo News reports that SB5561, passed on December 13, 2021, will “support Afghan individuals and families with housing, education, legal aid, job training and culturally-specific support as they settle in the state.”
The news outlet goes on to note:
“Of that $18 million, $5.25 million has been earmarked for short-term food and shelter, $2.9 million will support case management services, $5.9 million will be for rental assistance and $2.89 million is for immigration and legal services.
“An additional $807,600 will be available for culturally specific assistance and interpretation classes.”
These costly efforts are not without criticism, especially given the question of vetting, or possible lack thereof, of these Afghan refugees.
According to Breitbart, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that “not all” of the thousands of Afghan refugees entering the country have been interviewed by federal law enforcement, even though that is “standard vetting protocol.”
Ira Mehlman, spokesperson for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, recently told KTRH NewsRadio:
“We need to be concerned about the fact we really don’t know who is has gotten out of Afghanistan. And at the same time, we need to be doubly concerned about the growing humanitarian crisis in that country.”
“We have no idea for the most part who those people are.”
”Most of them no doubt are just decent people who understandably wanted to get out of there. But as we’ve learned at a very high cost, it only takes a few people to cause an awful lot of trouble.”
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton echoed these sentiments.
Noting that the “federal government has not shared its vetting procedures with Texas,” Paxton told Alex Marlow:
“We don’t have any confidence in the Biden administration [to vet Afghan migrants].”
“When you look at the border and how they’re just inviting people to come across … obviously the cartels are involved in every transaction, because you have to pay them to get across the border….
“We’ve got the Biden administration helping the cartels, helping them import drugs, helping them import COVID into our state, helping them import sex trafficking and other human trafficking…. and yet here we are with the Afghan refugees.”
Paxton went on to say:
“I don’t know that we’ll vet [Afghan refugees] at all. I think it’ll just be whatever the federal government says they’ve done. We won’t really know if it’s true.
“We won’t even know if they’ve done anything, and so, they’ll be dropped wherever the federal government wants to drop them, and they’ll disappear into our society.
“We’ll never know, until something bad happens, if we have a terrorist.”
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