The White House said last week that they are working “round the clock” to vet all Afghans wanting to enter the United States as refugees, after the Taliban took full control of the nation.
This comes after Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said at the end of last week that the US will take in over 50,000 refugees from Afghanistan. All new arrivals are expected to be Covid-tested and offered vaccines on arrival .
It is expected that arrivals from the war-torn nation will be given access to federal benefits enjoyed by natural born US citizens such as Medicaid among other state benefits.
However, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas has expressed huge concern about the vetting process of the individuals fleeing Afghanistan to come the United States. He appeared on Fox & Friends just this morning saying “the Biden Administration is going to help neighboring countries like Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to secure its border while our border is wide open”.
Cotton also expressed concern at the cost of the huge operation of housing over 50,000 Afghanis at US military bases citing that they are costing American taxpayers “billions of dollars” which is totally unsustainable.
However, the Biden Administration has insisted that there will be a rigorous vetting process for all Afghan refugees coming to America with reports suggesting that all Afghanis claiming asylum in the US will receive a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV).
A State Department official has estimated that the majority of the SIV applicants due to arrive in the US were left behind in the Afghanistan evacuation, detailing that by August 15th, when Kabul had already fallen to the Taliban, over 20,000 SIV applicants remained in Afghanistan.
This shines even more light on the Biden Administration’s embarrassing failure in the Middle East, which has left America less secure, as well as perhaps leaving the western world open to more individuals and groups intent on committing terror atrocities, as previously seen under the Obama Administration.