Representative Harrell warns of ‘tainted’ Afghan refugee review process after alleged attacks


Representative Yvette Herrell, RNM, is warning of the “flawed” Afghan refugee verification process and calling for more answers on what is being done to keep the American people safe after alleged crimes committed by Afghan refugees in military bases.

“We already know that there is a weakness in the verification process and screening, and we want to make sure that as it progresses, we can make sure the American people feel safe and secure about the whole process,” Herrell told LBL in an interview.

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Herrell said after a visit to his state’s Fort Bliss military base, where about 10,000 refugees were displaced amid US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Republicans have supported the expulsion of those who directly assisted the US mission but many have not helped the mission and are concerned about the methods of inspection.

Those concerns escalated after several reports of alleged crimes by refugees in the settlements. Herrell came to Fort Bliss after a woman soldier accused her of being attacked by an Afghan refugee group. The FBI is investigating.

Herrell said the incident is still being investigated but the alleged attackers were not prevented from leaving the base.

“We want to ensure the safety of the American people because if we can’t protect service members in the military establishment in the United States of America, what does it look like for American Anytown?” She said.

Harrell has been pressing the Biden administration for answers to the verification process, which authorities have repeatedly claimed to be safe and multilayered.

“We have a multi-layered, multi-agency screening and verification process to ensure that it does not happen,” DHS Secretary Mayorkas said in reference to a potential terrorist threat last month. “We screen and veterinarians before we board the planes to travel to the United States, and that screening and verification process is an ongoing and multilayered one.”

A White House official told LBL last month that intelligence, law enforcement and counterterrorism officers are screening and securing information from many agencies.

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“Intelligence, law enforcement and counterterrorism professionals are conducting screening and security checks for all SIV applicants and other vulnerable Afghans, including biographic and biometric data.

However, Herrell has suggested a case of deported convicted rapist But it was allowed To board the evacuation plane to the US – and detained at Dulles Airport near Washington, DC – is to doubt those claims.

Republican lawmakers have repeatedly stressed that the quality of care they provide to Afghans is impressive, and praised the hard work of service members and volunteers who have faced short-term surge.

“It was very impressive and incredible, and I was very grateful for the time they took to show us,” he said. “The responsibility for the housing and care of the people who brought them here is not entirely under their control … these are just commendable efforts and what they are doing.”

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However, in reviewing and screening in Washington, she described the lack of accountability and answers.

“There is no accountability. It is a quick process of this administration. We have been talking briefly [Secretary of State Antony] Shimmering, myopia, [Defense Secretary Lloyd] Austin, [Gen. Mark] Mille could not get better information about the verification process. We know this is flawed. “

Herrell visited the base the same day, and Rep. James Comer sent a letter to the DHS office of the Inspector General requesting it to “investigate” [DHS’] Measures and Decisions for the Reception of Operation Allies and Tens of Afghanistan Rehabilitated to the US

It includes questions about blanket parole use for Afghans, the screening process, the databases the administration is using, and what monitoring and follow-up processes for those who are paroled into the country.

“These are common sense questions we are asking the administration, and we are unable to accept any answers,” Herrell told Fox.

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