The Department of Defense Inspector General (IG), will investigate claims that President Joe Biden resettled almost 400 Afghans in the United States, who are considered “potential threats to national security”.
Biden established a “humanitarian parole pipeline” after the U.S. Armed Forces pulled out of Afghanistan in August 2021. This has helped more than 86,000 Afghans to be resettled in American communities. Many of these people were not interviewed or screened in person.
Last month, Sens. Ron Johnson (R.WI) and Josh Hawley (R.MO) presented allegations from a whistleblower that claims the Biden administration knowingly set up almost 400 Afghans in America who were “potential threats”. They also urged staff not to rush the vetting process.
The whistleblower also claims that DOD and National Security Council political appointees instructed agency personnel to make sloppy decisions when processing Afghan evacuees and at staging bases in Europe. These are known as “lily pads”.
The whistleblower stated that rather than performing fingerprint tests on all ten fingers of the personnel, they were instructed to shorten their tests to facilitate the evacuation from Afghanistan.
O’Donnell replied this week that the DOD IG would investigate whistleblower claims regarding Biden’s vetting of Afghans who entered the U.S.
These whistleblower claims come after a number of reports indicate that the Biden administration failed in its duty to vet thousands upon thousands of Afghans who were then resettled in American communities.
The following reports also sound the alarm about the issue:
DOD IG report says that unvetted Afghans were flagged as “security concerns” and brought to the U.S., though many of them cannot be found.
Project Veritas’ investigation found that a few Afghans who have been resettled in the U.S. are included in the government’s “Terrorism Watch List”.
According to analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies, the number of Afghans in the U.S. has risen to 133,000 in 2019. This is more than three times the number of 44,000 Afghans who were living in the U.S. prior to the Afghanistan War.
Afghan immigrant families use three times as many food stamps than native-born American households. In 2010, only 19% of Afghan immigrant households were using food stamps. But, that number has risen to 35% in 2019.
Nearly 51 percent of Afghan immigrant families live within the U.S. poverty level. This is significantly more than the 27 percent of native-born Americans who live in poverty.