Republicans take aim at White House funding requests for Afghan refugee resettlement
first on GranthshalaThe Republican Study Committee is telling its members that it will fight the Biden administration’s proposal that allows thousands of people. Afghan Quickly applying for permanent US residency is being brought in – warning of plans to “open our borders to a Taliban-run nation”.
one in memorandum, obtained by Granthshala News, titled “The Dames’ Dangerous Open Border Plan for Afghanistan”, President Jim Banks targets language for “riders” included by the White House in Request for a Continuing Resolution (CR).
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“Those riders include $6.4 billion in funding for Afghan refugee resettlement and language, which will help any Afghan citizen in the United States between July 31, 2021 and a path to lifetime welfare and citizenship at the end of the next fiscal year. will flow,” the memo says.
The White House request will expedite processing and fund the military bases where they are being processed. It also seeks to allow all refugees who come from Afghanistan and are on parole in the US to apply for a green card one year after entering the US if they have entered the US between the end of July 2021 and September 2022. The middle is entered at any time.
This would mean that any refugee who entered the US in recent weeks would be eligible for a green card by this time next year. A green card holder can apply for US citizenship within a few years.
The memo raises concerns about background checks and screenings, specifying only that refugees should be “accompanied by policies and procedures put in place as part of Operation Collaborative Welcome (or any preceding or successor operation) or equivalent background checks”. Accordingly checks will have to be completed and screening.”
“This is a clear issue: There are no policies and procedures set out in Operation Ally Reception,” the Republican memo says, warning that vetting “eventually will be DHS Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas, the person directly overseeing the crisis at the southern border. It wants to be.”
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“The White House’s proposed riders seek to open our borders to a Taliban-run nation, and conservatives will fight this relentless resolve every step of the way,” the memo said.
The Biden administration is pushing back against concerns about the vetting process as Republicans have repeatedly raised concerns about the arrival of potential terrorists or criminals. Mayerkas recently said that he has sent About 400 Homeland Security personnel In countries from where Afghans are being taken to the US to obtain biographical information as well as biometrics as part of the screening process.
Referring to the terrorist threat, he said, “We have a multi-layered, multi-agency investigation and investigation process to ensure that this does not happen.” “We screen and screen individuals before they board planes to travel to the United States, and this screening and screening process is an ongoing and multi-stage process,” he said.
“We work with the law enforcement, counter-terrorism and intelligence communities to get that vetted,” he said. “We don’t do it alone in the Department of Homeland Security; once again, we do it with the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, and other departments and agencies in the federal enterprise.”
Separately, a White House official told Granthshala News last week that screening and security is carried out by intelligence, law enforcement and counter-terrorism officials from multiple agencies and includes the review of biographical and biometric data.
The Banks memo also notes that the language would allow any Afghan citizen to be eligible for resettlement assistance and entitlement programs, among other benefits.
“In other words, Afghan citizens recruited through this resettlement program will be allowed to take advantage of all existing entitlement programs such as cash welfare, food stamps, Medicaid and public housing,” it says.
Biden officials say no Afghan ‘concerns’ have entered the US
The memo also pushes back against language that calls DHS “on a case-by-case basis for humanitarian purposes, to assure family unity, or when it is otherwise in the public interest” and to expand parole benefits. Allows the grounds of inadmissibility to be omitted. For Afghan spouses and children.
“The Biden administration is making the same mistake the Clinton administration did,” the memo said. “They are approaching the Taliban very naively.”
Last week, several Republicans wrote to the administration expressing concerns about the ability to screen people arriving from Afghanistan.
“Records from foreign nations are often digitized, which is likely to be in most of the records in Afghanistan,” Letter, Representative Yvette Herrell, led by RN.M, said. “Furthermore, widespread corruption and failed governments make these databases unreliable, if not useless. This is certainly the case in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and is likely true of the previous Afghan government.”
A senior GOP aide told Granthshala News that conversations about language are intensifying on Capitol Hill.
“More and more are realizing that if this language is included, DEMs will have a hard time finding support for CR,” Ally said.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, a senior government official outlined the screening and investigation process for Granthshala News, 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.”
He also said that no Afghan “of concern” had entered the US yet.
Granthshala News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.