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Rep. Yvette Herrell, RN.M, is warning of a “flawed” Afghan refugee vetting process and what is being done to keep the American people safe after several alleged crimes committed by Afghan refugees at military bases I am seeking more answers.

“We already know there are weaknesses in the screening process and screening, and we want to make sure that as this continues, we can make sure that the American people can feel safe and secure about the whole process.” Harrell told Granthshala News in an interview.


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Harrell spoke after visiting the Fort Bliss military base in his state, where he said there are about 10,000 refugees who were evacuated amid the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Republicans have supported bringing out those who directly helped with the US mission, but expressed concern about how many people did not help with the mission and what revision procedures are in place for those being brought in.

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Those concerns were further heightened after multiple reports of alleged crimes by refugees at bases. Harrell’s visit to Fort Bliss comes after a female soldier alleged that she was attacked by a group of Afghan refugees. The FBI is investigating.

Harrell said the incident was still being investigated but the alleged attackers were not prevented from leaving the base, although they did not.

“We just want to ensure the safety of the American people because the biggest concern to me is if we can’t protect a service member on a military installation in the United States, what does it look like for Anytown, USA?” he said.

Harrell is pressuring the Biden administration for answers about the review process, which officials have repeatedly claimed is safe and multi-layered.

“We have a multi-stage, multi-agency screening and investigation process to ensure that,” DHS Secretary Mayorkus said last month, referring to the potential terrorist threat. “We screen and screen individuals before they board planes to travel to the United States and the screening and screening process is an ongoing and multi-staged process.”

A White House official told Granthshala News last month that screening and security are conducted by intelligence, law enforcement and counterterrorism officials from multiple agencies.

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“Intelligence, law enforcement, and counter-terrorism professionals are conducting screening and security checks for all SIV applicants and other vulnerable Afghans, including a review of biographical and biometric data, before they are allowed to enter the United States,” he said. be given.”

However, Harrell points to the case of a convicted rapist who was exonerated. but was allowed for boarding an evacuation flight in the US – and was arrested at Dulles Airport near Washington, DC – as reason to doubt those claims.

The Republican lawmaker repeatedly emphasized that the quality of care given to Afghans was impressive and praised the hard work of service members and volunteers who dealt with the boom at short notice.

“It was so impressive and incredible, and I’m so grateful for the time they took to show us,” she said. “The undertaking of the housing and care of the people brought here, completely out of their control … It is simply commendable effort and what they are doing.”

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He did, however, describe a lack of accountability and answers on revisions and screenings in Washington.

“There is no accountability, it was a quick process by this administration. We have been at the briefing [Secretary of State Antony] flashing, meyerkas, [Defense Secretary Lloyd] Austin, [Gen. Mark] Milley has not been able to get good information about the investigation process. We know it’s flawed.”

The same day Harrell visited the base and Representative James Comer sent a letter to the DHS Office of the Inspector General requesting that it be “investigated”. [DHS’] Actions and decisions related to Operation Alliance Welcome and the resettlement of thousands of Afghans in the US.”

This includes questions about the use of blanket parole for Afghans, the screening process, the database being used by the administration, and surveillance and follow-up procedures for people being paroled in the country.

“These are just common sense questions we’re asking this administration, to which we haven’t gotten any answers,” Harrell told Granthshala.