Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) stopped the Republican establishment’s and Democrats’ attempts to smuggle a provision that would grant green cards to tens of thousands of Afghans brought to the country by President Joe Biden despite claims of widespread vetting failures into a year-end spending package.
More than 86,000 Afghans have been resettled in American communities since Biden opened a refugee pipeline after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in August 2021, many without the need for screening or in-person interviews.
Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Roy Blunt (R-MO) have been gaining more support from the GOP for their Afghan Adjustment Act, which would grant green cards to the majority of the Afghans that the Biden administration brought to the country. Recently, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Richard Blumenthal joined Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) in endorsing the proposal (D-CT).
Due to opposition from Grassley, the group of senators failed to include the green card plan in the year-end National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and hoped to smuggle it into the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package. Grassley asked for information about the number of Afghans seeking entry into the United States who were included on the federal government’s “No Fly List” due to their affiliations with Islamic terrorism last year.
Top agency representatives for Biden have declined to reveal the total. Vetting failures have dogged Biden’s extensive Afghan resettlement program, which has seen Afghans relocated to almost all 50 states.
The DHS Inspector General released a shocking report in September that described how Biden admitted Afghans to the country who had “not undergone full vetting” and might “pose a risk to national security.” A series of whistleblower reports have found that President Joe Biden’s agencies failed to vet Afghan immigrants resettled in the United States thoroughly.
The majority of unscreened Afghans suspected of having ties to terrorism have since vanished into American communities. Only three of 31 Afghans flagged with specific “derogatory information” could be located as of September 17, 2021.