Investigation process started abroad, senior government official said
The Biden administration is working “immediately and with care” to increase its screening and screening operations as part of its effort to resettle Afghan refugees in the United States, senior government officials told Granthshala News. , at this point, there is no “Afghan to worry”. “entered the country.
Last month, ahead of the August 31 deadline to withdraw all military assets from Afghanistan, the Biden administration airlifted more than 124,000 people from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. This included about 6,000 US citizens.
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Since the withdrawal, the administration has said that its mission has shifted from a military mission to a “diplomatic one”, and that the Americans left behind, as well as Afghan allies, are seeking to remove some pending special immigrant visas (SIVs). Committed to. .
A senior government official outlined the screening and investigation process for Granthshala News on Tuesday, saying the process begins overseas.
The administration has deployed over 200 Customs and Border Protection officers overseas to capture biometrics and biographies of individuals. The official added that CBP officers are then able to work with “interagency partners,” including the FBI, the National Counter Terrorism Center, the Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense and other officials from the Department of Homeland Security, “to look at the data.” “To the vet in the database.”
The official explained that there is a “second layer” of screening once individuals arrive at the point of entry into the US. The officials there study the information and “make sure no one enters the country.”
“No one has been to or entered the United States which is a matter of concern,” the official said. “The administration is working with urgency and care to increase screening and vetting functions to make them more efficient without compromising US national security.”
A spokesman for the White House National Security Council told Granthshala News that intelligence, law enforcement and counter-terrorism professionals are conducting screening and security checks for all Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants and other vulnerable Afghans.
“We are increasing resources to evaluate each case for the safety of the homeland,” said an NSC spokesperson.
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“If someone fails these checks while they are still abroad, they will not be allowed to fly to the United States,” an NSC spokesperson said, adding, “If anything is found to be of concern, they will not be allowed to fly to the United States.” There are further security checks at the port and CBP has the right to deny them entry into the United States.”
An NSC spokesperson said: “The president takes no responsibility more seriously than keeping Americans safe, and we will use every tool we can to ensure that no known or suspected terrorists enter the United States.”
To this point, the Department of Homeland Security has flagged 44 Afghan evacuations as potential national security threats to the United States, according to a report in the Washington Post last week.
Also last week, senior US officials told Granthshala News that Camp Bondsteel, a US military base in Kosovo, will temporarily house Afghan refugees who do not pass preliminary tests. Those officials told Granthshala News that many refugees had already been sent to that base, but added that it was unclear what the next steps would be for those who failed the initial security check — including whether Will they now be sent back to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan?