Homeland Security Allows Dangerous Afghans into the U.S.

In accordance with a government report, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may have permitted people who pose a national security risk into the country.

This may have happened by DHS failing to thoroughly vet some of the nearly 80,000 Afghan citizens transported into the country. They came as part of the evacuation of Afghanistan that started in August 2021.

National security threats may have been admitted into the country by DHS

The DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited the department’s “screening, vetting, and inspection” of the evacuees. “We discovered some data used to screen evacuees in the U.S.”

“According to the OIG’s report from September 6th, information from government databases, including name, date of birth, identity number, and travel document data, was either incorrect, missing, or incomplete.”

DHS may have let people into the country who represent a threat to national security and the safety of local communities, the OIG said.

“We also discovered Customs and Border Patrol admitted or paroled evacuees who were not adequately vetted into the United States.”

Of the 88,977 evacuee data examined, the audit discovered that 417 lacked first names, 242 lacked last names, and 11,110 had their dates of birth listed as January 1.

Additionally, 36,400 records had the documents type “facilitation document,” while 7,800 records had travel document numbers that were missing or incorrect.

In the audit, what the “facilitation document” actually was couldn’t be defined by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The Taliban previously freed one evacuee on parole from an Afghan prison and allowed him into the United States.

National security issues were raised by another evacuee who was paroled into the country. 35 evacuees were allowed to board a flight to the US by CBP, despite not having the necessary status cards.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed at a previous daily briefing that the DHS OIG report failed to include the “rigorous, multilayered screening, and vetting process” used by the Biden administration.

However, the OIG report is supported by a previous Department of Defense (DOD) report and allegations made by whistleblowers.

A Pentagon evaluation of the Afghan civilian evacuation program, which was published in February, raised concerns about potentially hazardous people entering the country.

A Closer Look at What Happened

One evacuee on parole had earlier been released by the Taliban from an Afghan prison and permitted entry into the country.

In its February 2022 audit report, the DOD National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) noted “50 Afghan personnel in the United States having information in DoD records that would suggest potentially serious security concerns.”

One whistleblower alleged that 324 Afghan evacuees who appeared on the department’s Biometrically Enabled Watchlist, which contains potential terrorists, were not properly vetted by the DOD.

Last month, Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) encouraged the DOD to look into the whistleblower claims.

This article appeared in Powerhouse News and has been published here with permission.