Former officials warn of ‘shortcuts’ being taken to vet Afghan refugees

As President Joe Biden and his administration announced on Monday that the last remaining U.S. troops had been pulled out of Afghanistan, another related crisis on the horizon is already drawing a lot of attention.

According to the Washington Examiner, as the U.S. is expected to be the new home of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, experts like Ken Cuccinelli, a former top Homeland Security official, warned that taking shortcuts in the vetting process could lead to disaster in the future. 

Many have echoed his concerns, raising questions about the possibility of bad actors, including Taliban and ISIS-K terrorists, infiltrating the massive number of refugees being transported onto U.S. soil.

“We can’t do it this fast”

“We’re not really vetting them before bringing them here — we can’t do it this fast,” Cuccinelli recently tweeted. “It’s normally an 18-24 month process with 14 steps. Think there might be shortcuts now?”

A number of other experts in the field have expressed similar concerns, including Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, who pointed out the obvious problem of what would happen if an Afghan refugee didn’t pass the vetting process.

“We can’t deport them back to Afghanistan,” Kirkorian said. “Conclusion: We’re just going to resettle them in the U.S. regardless of the results of vetting.”

Mark Morgan, former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) acting chief, reportedly heard from his sources that many of the Afghans arriving in Dallas, Texas have not been fully vetted or even included on official manifests.

Given the chaos at the airport in Kabul for the past several weeks, it’s not a stretch to presume that there could be dozens, or hundreds, of potential bad actors mixed in with other Afghans.

It’s already happening

In a bombshell report from Fox News on Monday, Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI) claimed that after his visit to Ft. McCoy, where thousands of Afghan refugees are being sent, he found that the proper security measures to contain them while they’re vetted were simply not in place.

“People could leave the base…without the authority of the general that is overseeing Fort McCoy,” Tiffany said, adding that he believes the “Biden administration is doubling down by bringing people who are unvetted into our country.”

The tens of thousands of Afghan refugees will be housed at no less than seven U.S. military installations across the country, with the possibility of more bases being used as needed.

Only time will tell how this massive resettlement initiative plays out over the long run, but Biden and his top officials better hope and pray that they didn’t let a bunch of foxes into the henhouse, as it could result in the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

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