The Biden administration is working with “urgency and care” to reinforce its screening and vetting operations as a part of its effort to resettle Afghan refugees within the United States, with senior authorities officials telling Fox News that, at this level, no Afghans of “concern” have entered the nation.
Last month, forward of its Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw all army belongings from Afghanistan, the Biden administration airlifted greater than 124,000 people from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. That included roughly 6,000 American residents.
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Since the withdrawal, the administration has stated its mission has shifted from a army mission to a “diplomatic” one, and it’s dedicated to persevering with to evacuate Americans left behind, in addition to Afghan allies, some with pending Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs).
A senior authorities official on Tuesday outlined the screening and vetting course of for Fox News, saying that the method begins abroad.
The administration has deployed greater than 200 Customs and Border Protection officials abroad to seize the biometrics and biographics of people. The official stated CBP officials then are in a position to work with “interagency companions,” together with officials throughout the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, the intelligence neighborhood, the Department of Defense and others throughout the Department of Homeland Security to “have a look at knowledge throughout databases to vet.”
The official defined that there’s a “second layer” of screening as soon as people arrive at a U.S. level of entry. Officials there undergo the data and “be sure no one let into the nation is of concern.”
“No one has gotten into the United States or entered that’s of concern,” the official stated. “The administration is working with urgency and with care to reinforce the screening and vetting operations to make them extra environment friendly with out compromising U.S. nationwide safety.”
A spokesperson from the White House National Security Council informed Fox News that intelligence, legislation enforcement and counterterrorism professionals are conducting the screening and safety vetting for all Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) candidates and different weak Afghans.
“We are surging assets to judge every case to guard homeland safety,” the NSC spokesperson stated.
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“If somebody fails these checks whereas they’re nonetheless abroad, they won’t be permitted to board a flight to the United States,” the NSC spokesperson stated, including that “if one thing of concern is discovered, additional safety vetting on the port of arrival happens and CBP has the authority to not grant them entry into the United States.”
The NSC spokesperson added: “The president takes no duty extra critically than maintaining Americans protected, and we are going to use each instrument we have to make sure that no recognized or suspected terrorists enter the United States.”
At this level, the Department of Homeland Security has flagged 44 Afghan evacuees as potential nationwide safety threats to the United States, in line with a report by the Washington Post final week.
Also final week, senior U.S. officials informed Fox News that Camp Bondsteel, a U.S. army base in Kosovo, will quickly home Afghan refugees who don’t cross the preliminary spherical of vetting. Those officials informed Fox News that a number of refugees have already been despatched to that base however stated it was unclear what the following steps can be for many who failed the preliminary safety screening — together with whether or not they are going to be despatched again to now-Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.