The Biden Administration is planning to allow Afghan civil servants who were employed by the Taliban from 1996 to 2001to resettle within the United States.
President Biden has recently increased the refugee cap to 125,000 for FY 2022, at the same time beginning introducing an estimated 95,000 Afghan refugees outside of that cap. Under the Trump Administration, the yearly cap was reduced to 15,000, showing a complete pendulum swing between administrations.
The Biden Administration tried to justify their actions of allowing 95,000 former Taliban employees by stating, “Some used their positions in humanitarian capacities to mitigate the repressive actions of the Taliban regime, often at great personal risk.”
Across the country, states are preparing supplies and translators for the anticipated first wave of 37,000 Afghan refugees in the United States. California plans to welcome the most refugees at more than 5,200 people, while Alabama and Mississippi will only take 10.
The Biden Administration repeatedly defended its “multi-layered” vetting and screening processes. Still, with so many refugees coming in each wave, Republicans on the House Oversight Committee urged the DHS Office of Inspectors General to investigate such processes, given the number of refugees.
The OIG was not able to confirm or deny if an investigation was underway. Leaving us only to speculate just how extensive such processes are and how many refugees we will see going to specifically “blue” states.
With Mayorka stating only 400 Homeland Security personnel will arrive at countries that will hold the Afghan refugees beforehand, it’ll be hard to see just how they will have an intensive screening process.