During and after the debacle that was President Joe Biden’s ordered withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, more than 80,000 Afghan nationals were evacuated out of that war-torn country and brought to America, ostensibly only after undergoing thorough vetting to ensure they posed no threats.
Yet, a damning report just issued by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General revealed thousands of Afghans who were “not fully vetted” were allowed entry, an unknown number of whom potentially “pose a risk to national security,” Breitbart reported.
This DHS IG report serves to confirm the immediate suspicions of many of the critics of Biden’s hasty and haphazard evacuation efforts during and after the August 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan that, despite insistent vows to the contrary, the administration was simply incapable of fully vetting every Afghan evacuee.
DHS failed to fully vet thousands of Afghan evacuees
According to a 34-page report from DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, an investigation determined that “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did not always have critical data to properly screen, vet, or inspect the evacuees.”
“We determined some information used to vet evacuees through U.S. Government databases, such as name, date of birth, identification number, and travel document data, was inaccurate, incomplete, or missing,” the report continued. “We also determined CBP admitted or paroled evacuees who were not fully vetted into the United States.”
The IG pointed to three main reasons for the “challenges” DHS faced in fully vetting the Afghan evacuees, namely the department’s lack of “(1) a list of Afghan evacuees who were unable to provide sufficient identification documents; (2) a contingency plan to support similar emergency situations; and (3) standardized policies” for evacuation procedures.
“As a result, DHS may have admitted or paroled individuals into the United States who pose a risk to national security and the safety of local communities,” the IG investigation concluded.
Recommendations for improvement rejected by DHS
The DHS IG report went on to note that it had made two main recommendations for how the department could address this situation as well as the fact that DHS leadership rejected both of those recommendations.
The first recommendation was that DHS immediately identify all Afghan evacuees allowed into the country and ensure that each one was fully vetted, even if only after the fact, while the second recommendation was for DHS to immediately develop a “comprehensive contingency plan” to ensure no similar shortcomings in vetting in a similar situation in the future.
However, DHS leadership “did not concur” with either of those recommendations, according to the IG, and instead defended its efforts and the now-confirmed incomplete vetting process it had relied upon.
Defense IG offered similar findings
Breitbart noted that this DHS IG report appears to align with the findings of a Defense Department IG report issued in February that also found that improper and incomplete vetting procedures had permitted Afghan evacuees with “derogatory information” on their records who posed “significant security concerns” to be resettled in American communities.
These two IG reports completely undermine and expose as lies the insistent vows of President Biden and his administration in August 2021 that no Afghan evacuees would be allowed to enter the country without having been fully vetted first to ensure they posed no danger to the American people.