National Security announced the departure of the last Afghan evacuees from U.S. military bases on Saturday, saying 76,000 of them had been processed and released into U.S. communities.
The base in New Jersey was the last to close its migrant camp, ending a critical period in the evacuation just a week after the six-month mark of the end of the chaotic air traffic that accompanied the end of U.S. operations in Afghanistan.
Officials are now seeking to create a new place to work with future Afghans who will be able to get out of their home country and who are believed to have the right to relocate to the United States, but so far the combined McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst base in New Jersey will host all newcomers. that will emerge from a struggling country.
Air transport and housing here in the United States; was dubbed Operation “Welcome Allies” and was seen as a chance to help Afghans who risked their lives to help the 20-year U.S. military effort and who are queuing up for a special immigrant visa. In fact, most of those taken out by air do not appear to qualify for a special visa, but had other ties to the United States or were simply in a better position to get to Kabul airport in the background. The Taliban takeover in August.
They were taken to third countries and given once to U.S. officials before being airlifted to migrant camps at eight military bases across the United States.
The last two of these camps were emptied this week.
Homeland Security insists that those who entered the United States have faced “rigorous, multi-layered scrutiny.”
But a new investigation by the Pentagon’s inspector general this week has revealed serious gaps in the process. The audit says information from several Defense Department systems was excluded from a database check that allowed dozens of people with “significant security concerns” to reach the United States.
Many were released or left military bases before officials realized the security breach and it was difficult for the government to track them, the inspector general said.
“The inability to quickly and accurately locate Afghan evacuees with insulting information could pose a security threat to the United States,” the audit concluded.
Unsuccessful database checks come in addition to previous discoveries that most evacuees got to the U.S. without going through personal interviews. This means moving away from the usual treatment that Afghans have had to face, and experts describe interviews as a crucial security step when trained people sniff out false or dangerous statements.
Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, called the new revelation about failed database checks a “defeat.”
“Joe Biden has promised to check the evacuees who arrived in America after his retreat Afghanistan. But he did not do that, and now the lives of Americans are in danger, “he said in a statement.
Most of the Afghan evacuees were taken to the United States, according to Interior Minister Alejandro Mayorkas, in accordance with his powers of “humanitarian parole.”
This is a short-term legal status that allows them to live and work in the country, with the opportunity to try to secure a more permanent status, such as applying for asylum or completing a special visa procedure.
Most are expected to try to seek asylum, but there may be some.
“Despite the fact that reports across the country show that The Taliban openly targeted at people and their families, you don’t seem to fall within the scope of those people they target because of the work you did with the United States government as a mechanic, and the fact that your family ‘and yet no one lives in Afghanistan you have been harmed, threatened or questioned, ”the asylum officer wrote in a“ Notice of Intent to Deny, ”which caught the attention of immigration attorneys.