How is the Biden administration vetting Afghan refugees?

By Kaylee Greenlee

Afghan refugees are subject to security and health screening performed by Department of Homeland Security officials before they’re evacuated to the U.S. or a third country for additional processing, a Biden administration senior official said.

Afghans must clear biometric and biographic vetting including iris scans, palm and voice prints and photographs before they’re evacuated from the country, CNN reported. The refugees are also tested for COVID-19 and offered vaccinations before they’re released, the senior official said in a background press call on Aug. 24.

“That [security screening] process involves biometric and biographic security screenings conducted by our intelligence, law enforcement, and counterterrorism professionals who are working quite literally around the clock to vet all of these Afghans before they’re allowed into the United States,” the Biden administration senior official said on the call.

The DHS screens refugees before they’re allowed to travel to the U.S. where officials will assist them with their immigration proceedings or match them with nonprofits that help with resettlement efforts, according to the senior official.

“There are not security vulnerabilities; what there are are bureaucratic inefficiencies in the security process—which mostly have to do with interagency coordination and which databases are used—that has slowed the process down to a crawl at various points in the last decade,” Human Rights First President and CEO Michael Breen said during a press call, Bloomberg Government reported.

Afghans may come to the U.S. on visas, as visa applicants, as legal permanent residents or under humanitarian parole as vulnerable individuals who haven’t applied for a visa, Bloomberg Government reported.

The Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program started in 2009, though the Taliban’s seizure of the country has led to tens of thousands of allies seeking refuge in the U.S. through the program, Reuters reported.

“Everyone is being vetted at some point, at least once or twice,” a Biden administration official told CNN. Afghans are vetted before they’re allowed to work with U.S. officials and again before they’re issued visas to travel to America.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “when it comes to SIVs, again, all of those who have received instructions to come to the airport have already completed certain stages of the security vetting process,” during a press briefing on Wednesday. “So that initial vet on these individuals has been completed. In many cases, they’re then taken to a third country, where they will undergo more rigorous vetting if it hasn’t yet been completed.”

The State Department allocated an additional 8,000 SIVs for Afghan allies on July 30, according to the agency. SIVs are available to Afghans who worked with or for the U.S. government or for an international organization that worked with U.S. officials as translators for at least one year from Oct. 7, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2023.

“Applicants must also have experienced or be experiencing an ongoing serious threat as a consequence of their employment,” according to the State Department. Applicants are also required to submit a letter of recommendation from a senior supervisor and may bring their spouses and any unmarried children younger than 21 if they’re granted an SIV and allowed to come to the U.S.

Vulnerable Afghans who don’t qualify for the SIV program can apply for refugee status in the U.S., CNN reported.

The Biden administration planned to evacuate between 50,000 and 65,000 Afghan refugees to the U.S. as American forces withdrew from the country and hasn’t disclosed how many refugees were evacuated or what their immigration status is, according to Reuters.

At least 20,000 Afghan refugees were staying at eight military bases in the U.S. as of Wednesday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said. More than 120,000 people have been evacuated from the country and an unknown number of Afghans and Americans were left behind, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a Monday press conference.

“Currently, there’s approximately 20,000 evacuees in seven staging bases in five countries in Central Command, another 23,000 in seven staging bases in four countries in Europe,” Milley said. “And as of this morning, there are approximately 20,000 Afghans who arrived at eight different military bases in the continental United States.”

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3 thoughts on “How is the Biden administration vetting Afghan refugees?

  1. How’s everyone doing in Vermont?
    Is everyone’s needs being met?
    Are your Veteran’s needs all being met? How about your kids and your Elderly?
    Are you all happy, successful, thriving and living the American Dream?

    If this answer is not YES, then why are we taking in more people on the American Taxpayer’s backs?
    Over 50% of the country never voted to do this.

  2. The US oversea-MILITARY bases are being put to use to house illegal Afghanis, many of whom, with fake, or no documents. They will be distributed to swing states to tilt them forever towards centralized command/control by Dem/Progs.

    And it is not just “refugees”

    When Dem/Progs continue to have total command/control of the federal government, there will be all sorts of FUTURE Dem/Prog, MANDATED shenanigans for teachers and others to put up with, such as making pupils and others love CRT, BLM, Antifa, open borders for illegals, and all sorts of Build-Back-Better wasteful shenanigans, including GREEN NEW DEAL scarce-mongering to “fight global warming”, i.e., tilting at windmills

    NOTE: The GREEN NEW DEAL will have no effect on climate. Water vapor controls the climate and CO2 has no significant influence are declared in peer-reviewed papers that corroborate what I have been asserting for years: The sun matters because it provides the energy to drive the water vapor into the atmosphere. In other words, the non-condensing GHGs are passive and do not affect Earth’s temperature because they are always rendered ineffective by the much larger warming by water vapor. The increase in temperature over the decades mid-1970s to 2011 was caused by an increase in water vapor and not by an increase in CO2. Carbon dioxide and the other non-condensing greenhouse gases (GHGs) are small, passive, and have no effect on the Earth’s temperature.”

    The same command/control impacts will be true for the rest of the US

    It is not just businesses being over-taxed/over-regulated, i.e., castrated to weaken it, so they will be subservient to Dem/Progs. That will cause the US to become incapacitated. China, etc., will eat our lunch.

    The US Media and the USPS (Pelosi promised $billions) were mis-used by Dem/Progs to steal the 2020 election, with universal mail-in and universal harvesting, to grab absolute power over the US government.

    The Dem/Progs do not like the US Media being such a dangerous/powerful rival.

    The US Media will get their turn in the barrel, so they too can be screwed over by the Socialist/Communist Dem/Progs currently running the US government, which, after just a few Biden-in-the-basement months, is already driving the economy into ruination, goosing illegal immigration, to unprecedented heights, to alter the US demographics in their favor.

    Giving these extremist Dem/Prog folks $3.5 TRILLION, plus $1.2 TRILLION, plus whatever else, to play their ill-fated/wasteful, Build-Back-Better games, would be suicidal for the US.

    A united effort is required to take back the House and Senate in 2022, to derail this un-American freight-train.

    Obsequious, RINO-run businesses will be threatened as well.
    Hopefully, they too will see the handwriting on the wall.

  3. How is the Biden administration vetting Afghan refugees? that would be they are not !!

    But if they are let me know how they are doing it, I’ve known plenty of immigrants that
    had to jump thru hoops and plenty of money to get into the US……..

    We have seen for the past twenty-plus years, how these people live and their customs
    and tribal and religious wars, so why now ??. DemocRATs are thinking new voters down
    the road…… pretty shallow.

    There is no reason to have afghans placed into the US when there are plenty of regions
    over near their homeland with the same customs, language, not the cultural shock coming
    to the US will have !!

    So Biden, leaves US citizens and Afghans with green cards over there, along with women and
    children, but allow thousands of young and middle-aged males into the us ” Non- Vetted ” just
    another one of senile Joe’s outstanding moves……..what a fool .

    Biden and his administration vetting, it would be as funny as watching him give a speech
    both of which are pretty pathetic !!

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