Thousands of Afghan Refugees Are Arriving in the US. But Who Are They?

At least some people are aware of the risks. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Friday: “I’m very concerned that the Biden administration is bringing tens of thousands of refugees into the United States without thoroughly vetting them.” He added that vetting was “an invitation to terrorist attacks here in the United States.” Cruz, however, is in the minority. All over America, Afghan refugees are being welcomed, and few people share Cruz’s concerns about vetting. I mean, come on, man! These people are in need! What could possibly go wrong?

One of the reasons why Americans are stranded in Afghanistan is that Biden’s handlers have prioritized getting Afghans out first. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on August 15: “Once we get more airlift out of Kabul, we’re going to put as many people on those planes as we can. There will be a mix…not just American citizens, but perhaps some Afghan SIV [Special Immigrant Visa] applicants as well. We’re going to focus on getting people out of the country, then sorting it out at the next stop. It’s not going to be just Americans first, then SIV applicants.”

Then at a Defense Department briefing Monday, Army Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor boasted: “In the past 24 hours, uh, five flights landed at Dulles International Airport, with approximately 1,300 passengers. At this time, four military installations, as well as Dulles International, are receiving Afghans as they, uh, come into the United States. These installations include Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Fort Lee, Virginia; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Fort Bliss, Texas. The total number currently at these installations is approximately 1,200, and NORTHCOM continues to build out capacity, uh, to ensure they are prepared to receive more flights that will come in the next few days.”

Those 2,500 Afghans were just a small percentage of Biden’s handlers’ plans to bring 30,000 Afghans to the United States. It’s unclear exactly how many have already arrived. But they will likely become reliable Democratic party voters, and that’s all that matters. As Kamala Harris said, “We did it, Joe!”

It is being done. One small example of what is happening now all over the country is taking place now in Washington state. Just the News reported Friday that “some 6,000 refugees from Afghanistan could resettle in Washington over the coming weeks and months….Eight refugee resettlement agencies in Washington are working with state and federal authorities to provide initial services to incoming families. Most refugees are expected to settle in Washington’s larger counties, including King County, where Seattle is located. These agencies work to provide housing, essential needs, culturally appropriate food, help refugees apply for employment services and social programs, and register children for school. The federal government’s Refugee Admissions Program pays refugees a one-time payment of $1,200 per family member to help with initial housing costs. Those eligible will also qualify for state-level cash, food and medical programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.”

That $1,200 and the other cash and benefits isn’t actually paid for by the federal government. The American taxpayer, you and I, pay for it all. But the Washington state authorities don’t say anything about vetting, at least in this report. The priority is on getting the Afghans over here. The possibility that some might be criminals or jihad terrorists is never even considered, despite the fact that, as Business Insider reported on August 15: “Thousands of inmates, including former Islamic State and al-Qaeda fighters, were released from a prison on the outskirts of Kabul as the Taliban called for a ‘peaceful transition’ of power. Afghan government troops surrendered Bagram airbase to the Taliban early on Sunday.  The base houses Pul-e-Charki prison, which has around 5,000 prisoners. It is the largest in Afghanistan and notorious for its poor conditions. A maximum-security cellblock held members of al Qaeda and Taliban, said reports. Footage published by an independent Afghan news agency, which supports the Taliban, appears to show militants letting the inmates out.”

What possible safeguards have been in place in Kabul to prevent some of those jihadis from coming to the United States as “refugees”? Sky News reported Monday that “British officials at the airport in Kabul are warning of a spike in impersonations, forged documents and forged passports.” But surely the crack intelligence agents of the speak-no-jihad, hear-no-jihad, see-no-jihad Biden administration won’t let any of them through, right? Right. Of course they won’t. Go back to sleep.

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 23 books including many bestsellers, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)The Truth About Muhammad and The History of Jihad. His latest book is Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry into Islam’s Obscure Origins―Revised and Expanded Edition. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

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