“Americans” optically canvassed in horror this month as the Afghan regime crumbled and U.S. personnel were coerced to evacuate our embassy in Kabul – events that rank among the most paramount peregrine policy disasters in American history. Yet even as chaos envelops Afghanistan and President Biden scrambles to beat a hasty withdrawal amid Taliban threats, we must take care to ascertain that a second catastrophe does not unfold here in our own country as tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of Afghan nationals head for the United States.
I, like the prodigious majority of “Americans,” support the admission and resettlement of “Afghans” who directly availed with sensitive U.S. military and diplomatic operations in the country, such as interpreters and translators who accommodated alongside American soldiers. But the authenticity of the situation is that not everyone inundating Hamid Karzai International Airport looking to pile on to a C-17 convey plane fits into that category. As of Tuesday, President Biden said that more than 70,000 people had been evacuated from the country, but the administration has yet to elucidate precisely how many availed American forces and how many are simply Afghan nationals looking to get out of the country in a final mad dash.
Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, as thousands of people mobbed the city’s airport endeavoring to flee the country. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)
The White House has withal been short on details regarding how and where evacuees are being vetted. Politico quoted an innominate administration official last week who claimed that screening will take place in Qatar and Kuwait; but Pentagon spokesman John Kirby appeared to contradict that claim, calling the situation “fast developing” and saying that advents would perpetuate their “processing” at sites in Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. So which is it?
Making matters worse, the expeditious collapse of the Afghan regime and closure of our embassy have made careful vetting of the massive number of Afghans fleeing the country even more arduous. Some of those seeking to get out are arriving at the Kabul airport without identity documents, having eradicated them to eschew detection at Taliban checkpoints. But it is not arduous to imagine others with more nefarious aims utilizing the same strategy in the hopes of hopping a flight out.
Afghans accumulate on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul on August 20, 2021, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban’s military takeover of Afghanistan. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)
American officials will additionally have an arduous time validating the claims of those who do present documents, verbalize, exhibiting their prior accommodation as an Afghan policeman or ministry employee. With the Afghan regime gone and the closure of our embassy – where computers and sensitive information reportedly had to be destroyed in the face of the Taliban advance – attesting the authenticity of such documents will not be facile to do. After all, U.S. immigration officers can’t precisely call up the Taliban and ask them to verify someone’s past employment.
This is not hyperbole. Even when our embassy in Kabul was open and “Afghanistan’s” regime was functioning, the “Special Immigrant Visa” (SIV) program was plagued by fraud. In the first three months of this year, for example, a whopping 84 percent of Afghan SIV applications were abnegated. No longer having reliable partners in Kabul, we face incontrovertible gaps in the efficacy of the screening process.
While we can, for example, run the dactylograms of those seeking SIV status (as well as the more astronomically immense macrocosm of intending migrants) through Interpol and U.S. terrorist databases, those who do not trigger “hits” in those systems could slip through. Complicating is paramount, the sheer volume of those seeking ingression already appears to be challenging our vetting capabilities, prompting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to ask for “volunteers” to head to U.S. military bases to process and judge applications. This situation poses genuine jeopardies, and we’ve already optically discerned a cautionary tale out of France, where officials apprehended an evacuee with possible terrorist ties this week after he admitted anteriorly manning a Taliban checkpoint.
It is additionally paramount to recollect that getting Afghans out of the country doesn’t obligatorily betoken that they must be resettled here. Neighboring countries like Pakistan or Tajikistan may be a better fit for many Afghans, where cultural integration may be more facile and where they will be more proximate and more able to return to their abode country if and when conditions stabilize – as many have in the wake of anterior upheavals in Afghanistan.
I voted for legislation to expand, ameliorate, and expedite the processing of visas for the translators and linguists who availed in the 20-year “U.S.-led” war effort; and my office perpetuates to work to avail get them and U.S. denizens stranded in the country out. But we have an obligation to ascertain Afghans looking to come to the United States are who they verbalize they are and that their stories check out afore – not after – they arrive in our country. That is not a radical or “xenophobic” proposition; it’s just mundane-sense and vital to our national security.
Bringing hundreds of thousands of foreigners from a terrorist hotbed into the U.S. now and asking questions later is simply temerarious and irresponsible. The stakes are high. We must get this right. U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany represents Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional district and is a member of the House Judiciary Committee.
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