US Official: At least 100 Afghan evacuees flown out of Kabul found to be on terror watch lists

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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- You’ve got to give the Biden administration credit…at least they’re getting some people out of Afghanistan, even if they are on the U.S. terror watch list…oh, and one has ties to ISIS.

Meanwhile American citizens remain stranded (Jen Psaki) in the war-torn country now under control of Taliban jihadists.

The Daily Mail reports that an unnamed US official has warned that at least 100 evacuees of Afghan descent flown out of Kabul are on intelligence agency watch lists with one who was flown out of Qatar being identified as having potential ties to ISIS.

The Mail reported that those flown out of Kabul are potential candidates for Special Immigration Visas (SIV) were flagged as possible matches to watch lists maintained on the Defense Department’s Automated Biometric Identification System, according to Defense One citing the unnamed government official.

In addition, the Mail said that one Afghan identified as having possible ties to ISIS was identified by security screeners at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar after they were relocated from Kabul Airport. Thus far, some 6,000 Afghans have been taken to the air base.

According to a State Department spokesperson, they told the outlet that all Afghans are being screened prior to being allowed into the United States.

“Intelligence, law enforcement, and counterterrorism professionals are conducting screening and security vetting for all SIV applicants and other vulnerable Afghans before they are allowed into the United States,” the spokesman said.

Continuing, the spokesman said, “We are surging resources to evaluate each case and process these as efficiently as possible to protect homeland security.”

The Mail said the State Department refused to confirm to them whether any migrants had been flagged as having ties to ISIS. It is also unclear if they were processed before or after leaving Kabul.

Sources say the evacuees are being screened against law enforcement databases using technology ranging from facial recognition and iris scans to fingerprints by agents with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), who have apparently been relocated from the southern border to the Middle East.

Defense One was told by government officials that there “certainly” have been some Afghan migrants who triggered security alerts, however in a majority of the cases they are cleared after further screening.

However as is often the case with a government operation, Border Patrol agents are having difficulties screening the large number of SIV applicants due to having old vetting systems that are unable to integrate with the Defense Department’s biometric database information, Defense One said.

“CBP on the ground has old tech and they don’t know how to use it, integrate it. And there’s not enough people to process all of the evacuees,” an official said.

Currently, the system takes around an hour for the system to decide as to whether or not someone is a security risk, however officials insist the system is working, albeit slowly.

Officials who spoke with Defense One said that a majority of the security alerts have been flagged at Al Udeid, however they “can’t rule it out” that alerts are happening elsewhere.

Yet another military-related publication, Stars and Stripes, said that service members are beginning to feel the weight of the mass evacuation in Afghanistan, described as one of the largest such military operations in history.

“Been doing this 12-16 [hours], no days off since the shit hit the fan,” said one Facebook user on a page for Al Udeid residents.

“Now I love the fact I’m helping people and I wouldn’t know what to do if I was in [their] shoes, but I just want some real rest…cause I’m shutting down slowly…I’m mf tired, ok.”

One American told Stars and Stripes that he worked 22-hour days for three days straight, which included 10 hours a day of volunteering.

Some military members said there are not nearly enough translators, and ice to keep water cool is largely unavailable despite temperatures reaching a blistering 120 degrees, Stars and Stripes said.  

So full of refugees is the air base that Stars and Stripes noted that one plane had to circle overhead for two hours before it was able to land.

“To give these people a new chance at life was worth it,” one said. “Guys in [Al Udeid] are still swamped right now.”

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For more on the risks posed by Biden’s incompetent handling of the Afghan situation, we invite you to read a recent report we filed on further threats to the homeland. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials and national security experts, the Taliban’s release of prisoners throughout Afghanistan poses a security threat on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The Taliban freed thousands of prisoners, many of whom either worked directly with or had ties to al-Qaeda and ISIS, when it captured Bagram Air Base on August 15th.

Afghan soldiers surrendered the base with virtually no resistance, leaving U.S. intelligence officials with little ability to track suspected terrorists.

According to one DHS official who requested anonymity to speak candidly, the crisis at the southern border could prove an inviting target for terrorists. The official said:

“We’ve always been surprised by the countries of origin we see individuals coming from along our southwest border. It’s more than likely some Afghans will arrive now as well. It’s definitely a national security threat and the strain of forces currently along the border would make it more likely that some would slip through illegally.”

The intelligence community reportedly warned the Biden administration about terror threats at the southern border just weeks before President Joe Biden announced the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

In a classified memo, national security officials warned the White House that border patrol officers had arrested two Yemeni nationals on the terrorist watch list as they attempted to cross into the United States from Mexico.

One of the two men were also on the FBI’s no-fly list. Their names have not yet been released to the public. Senators from both parties pressed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Mark Milley on whether the Pentagon would change its terror assessment of Afghanistan following the collapse of the U.S.-backed government.

In their report to Congress back in June, the two stated that Afghanistan contained only a “medium” risk of terror groups and was likely obsolete.

Individuals who had worked on assessing terror threats at the southern border told the Free Beacon that the surge of migrants has left border patrol officers ill-equipped to face the new terror challenge. 

Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief of staff Jon Feere said that the record-setting influx of illegal border crossings will only exacerbate the threat. He said:

“When it comes to cross-border illegal immigration that goes undetected, there is obviously no background check taking place. Customs and Border Protection apprehended foreign nationals from countries across the globe and that means there are likely many aliens from problematic countries getting past the border patrol already.”

Border patrol agents have already complained about the lack of resources to adequately police the southern border. A little late to the game, but Biden administration officials are slowly starting to acknowledge the strain at the border. 

According to leaked audio, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas privately told border agents:

“If our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose and this is unsustainable.”

According to the audio obtained by Fox News’ Bill Melugin, Mayorkas said:

“We can’t continue like this. Our people in the field can’t continue and our system isn’t built for it.”

Mayorkas told the agents that the current border situation “cannot continue.” He said the federal government’s system was not designed to handle such an influx of migrants as the U.S. has seen in recent months and he was “very well” aware that the sector recently came close to “breaking.” He said:

“It’s our responsibility to make sure that that never happens again.”

While visiting the Texas border, Mayorkas announces that agents handled more than 212,000 migrant encounters in July, marking a 13 percent increase from the previous month. Some border agents expressed being exasperated by the Biden administration’s approach to the crisis.

One agent told Mayorkas:

“For those of us who have been around here long enough … we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We’ve had this happen before. We know exactly how to shut it down. We need to make illegal entry illegal.”

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Not messing around: Texas border sheriff locks up 17 illegal immigrants caught sneaking into America

August 12th, 2021

KINNEY COUNTY, TX– The influx of migrants into the United States has gotten out of control since the Biden administration took over earlier this year.

Many criticized the Trump administration for their tough stance on immigration, however with former President Trump no longer in office, illegal aliens are now flooding the borders at record numbers. 

Texas is being overrun by migrants, and Governor Greg Abbott has declared a local emergency, which allows for the migrants to be arrested by state police. The Kinney County Sheriff’s Office posted images of 17 migrants booked in jail after illegally crossing the border from Mexico, according to reports

Officials posted a video on Facebook, saying: 

“This is happening! 17 illegals this morning at the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office,”

The post went on to read:

“Judge Narci Villarreal magistrated each illegal alien. Thank you DPS for all your help.”

The sheriff also posted a group of photos showing the 17 migrants in their county jail uniforms.

Governor Abbott tweeted the Facebook post as an example of his “Catch and Jail” policy for illegal immigrants who are breaking Texas laws after illegally crossing the border, Breitbart reported.

Governor Greg Abbott pledged to arrest migrants who violate Texas laws and put them in jail, Breitbart Texas reported in an exclusive interview in June.

In a message directed towards migrants who are thinking of crossing the border into Texas, Abbott said:

“If you come to Texas, you’re subject to being arrested,”

He continued:

“You’re not going to have a pathway to roam the country. You’re going to have a pathway directly into a jail cell.”

Abbott went on to say:

“We want to be very aggressive in working with local officials and begin making mass arrests,” 

He added:

“In working in collaboration with a large number of counties — that means we’re going to be arresting a lot more people.”

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