President Joe Biden will allow Afghans “who have provided insignificant or limited material support to a designated terrorist organization” to “qualify for protection and other immigration benefits in the United States,” an announcement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Following the withdrawal of U.S. armed forces from Afghanistan in August 2021, Biden opened a refugee and parole pipeline for tens of thousands of Afghans to be quickly airlifted into U.S. communities without first being vetted or interviewed in person.
With help from Republicans and Democrats in Congress, Biden has resettled more than 85,000 Afghans in 46 states since mid-August 2021 and plans to continue resettling tens of thousands of Afghans throughout the year.
As part of this continued resettlement, Biden’s DHS announced three new pipelines where Afghans who would typically be denied entry to the United States will now be eligible.
“These actions will also ensure that people who have lived under the Taliban regime, such as former civil servants, those who have to pay a service fee to the Taliban to do things like go through a checkpoint or obtain a passport, and those who fought against the Taliban are not mistakenly barred due to overbroad applications of terrorism-related grounds of inadmissibility in our immigration law,” reads the DHS announcement.
One of these pipelines into the United States is specifically for Afghans with financial ties to the Taliban, which the Biden administration considers “insignificant” due to “control of entities, roads and public services” by the group.
The DHS announcement details the exemption:
Individuals who have provided insignificant or limited material support to a designated terrorist organization. [Emphasis added]
This could apply in limited circumstances when the support is incidental to a routine social or business transaction; ancillary to certain humanitarian aid; provided in response to a reasonably perceived threat of physical or economic harm, coercion or serious harassment; and where the support provided is considered minimal and inconsequential. [Emphasis added]
Examples might include paying a small fee to pass through a Taliban checkpoint to flee Afghanistan; pay the Taliban for utilities such as electricity or telephone; serving the Taliban at his workplace when refusing would jeopardize his livelihood; or paying fees to obtain a passport or other identity documents needed to flee Afghanistan when the Taliban controlled the offices providing these services. [Emphasis added]
Due to the presence and control of the Taliban over entities, roads and public services, many people who lived in Afghanistan needed to interact with the Taliban in a way thisin the absence of such an exemption, make them inadmissible to the United States under US law. [Emphasis added]
This exemption does not include people who share Taliban goals or ideologygave them preferential treatment or who intended to support the Taliban through their activities. [Emphasis added]
Afghans who “supported U.S. military interests” and those “employed as government officials in Afghanistan” will also be allowed to seek entry into the United States under the new exemption guidelines.
The announcement comes as verification failures have plagued the massive Afghan resettlement operation.
As reported by Breitbart News, a Department of Defense (DOD) inspector general report reveals that Biden’s agencies failed to properly screen Afghans arriving in the United States. The report said that as of November 2021, 50 Afghans already in the United States had been flagged for “significant security concerns.”
Most of the unchecked Afghans flagged for possible links to terrorism, according to the report, have since disappeared inside the country. In one instance, the report noted that only three of 31 Afghans reported months ago for security reasons could be located.
Similarly, a recent Project Veritas report alleges that the Biden administration has resettled Afghans on the federal government’s “terrorism watch list” into US communities.
More recently, senses Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and James Inhofe (R-OK) revealed that DHS continues to fail to screen Afghans seeking to enter the United States through the “ Ministry of Defence’s tactical database.
“DHS’s failure to use every database to filter out derogatory information has caused a serious breach of homeland security,” the senators wrote last month in a letter to the Biden administration.
Biden has called on Congress to authorize the resettlement of Afghans for the next decade and put already resettled Afghans on a fast track to naturalized U.S. citizenship. The plan of citizenship is supported by the senses. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rob Portman (R-OH).
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