Majority of Americans not confident in Biden admin’s ability to properly vet Afghan refugees

Even though President Joe Biden and his administration would presumably like for you to forget that America is now home to thousands of Afghan refugees, a majority of Americans remain uneasy over the situation.

According to Breitbart, a new Pew Research Center poll revealed that 55% of Americans are not confident in the Biden administration’s ability to properly and fully vet the nearly 100,000 Afghan refugees expected to settle in the United States over the next year. 

The refugees, who were part of the rapid and disastrous evacuation efforts in Afghanistan last month, will be resettled across 46 states within the next year.

The numbers

The Pew survey made crystal clear that a majority of Americans lack faith in the administration’s ability to root out potential bad actors in the large group of refugees.

Specifically, 27% of respondents indicated that they are “not too confident” in the Biden administration’s vetting capabilities, and another 28% said they were “not at all confident.”

Though 83% of Republican voters and voters who lean Republican felt the same, the issue seems to transcend political ideologies, as slightly more than 33% of Democrats and voters who lean Democrat also do not feel confident that the refugees will be properly vetted.

As far as those who have confidence in the Biden administration’s vetting capabilities, only 12% said they feel “very confident.” Only 31% indicated that they feel “somewhat confident,” casting little doubt that Americans, in general, remain worried about the outcome.

In a separate question concerning whether the Afghan refugees should even be transported to the United States for resettlement, 63% of Republicans said they do not support the move.

Lawmakers speak out

Though there are mixed feelings from several governors, including Republicans, of the states where the Afghan refugees will eventually be resettled, a number of lawmakers have sounded the alarm, convinced that such a large number in a short amount of time could lead to unintended consequences.

“We have zero capacity to vet these folks properly … we’ve got a lot of people that we don’t know anything about,” said Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT). “We’re starting to see the crimes take place on the military bases … we have zero idea of what kind of security issues they’re bringing with them. We don’t know anything about these folks.”

Rosendale was referencing the news this week of a female soldier at Ft. Bliss who alleges she was assaulted “by a small group of male evacuees,” as the New York Daily News reported.

The Biden administration had better hope and pray that their Afghan refugees don’t continue that trend, as it will turn into yet another crisis that they probably will not be able to handle, like all the rest.

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