The Biden administration made a request this week for $ 6.4 billion in funding for the resettlement of Afghan refugees and the language that would allow the tens of thousands to Afghans being prompted to apply for permanent residence in the United States quickly - sparking conservative fears of "unlimited green cards " for those arriving in late 2022.
The language was included in a request from continuing resolution (CR) to enable lawmakers to pass a budget for fiscal year 2022, which also includes a request for $ 14 billion for disaster reliefdisaster.
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The United States has evacuated dozens thousands of Afghans in Kabul amid the Taliban takeover and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. He saw American citizens and Afghans exiting the country to military bases in the region and in Europe before being airlifted to the United States
"The operation to exit the endangering and bringing to safety tens of thousands of endangered Afghans, many of whom have helped us during our two decades in Afghanistan, represents an extraordinary military, diplomatic, security, and humanitarian operation of the US government, "said Shalanda Young, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
The ambitious White House request would speed up processing and fund the military bases where they are processed. But it also aims to allow all refugees who arrive from Afghanistan and are paroled in the United States to apply for a green card after one year of entering the United States if they have entered at any time. between July 2021 and the end of September 2022.
This would mean that any refugee who entered the United States in the past few weeks would be eligible for a green card around the same time next year. A green card holder can then apply for US citizenship within a few years.
Regarding background checks and screening, it only specifies that refugees must complete the checks "in accordance with the policies and procedures put in place under Operation Allies Welcome (or any predecessor or successor transaction) or a verification ofequivalent background and filtering. "
Separately, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas may waive the grounds for inadmissibility "on a case-by-case basis for humanitarian purposes, to ensure the family unit or where it is otherwise in the public interest. "The tens of thousands of participants will also not count towards the refugee cap, which the Biden administration dramatically increased earlier this year.
The definition of "Afghan national " is also broadened to include "any other person who last habitually resided in Afghanistan and who does not have a nationality.
The White House said during ' a call with journalists that he intended to bring in 95,000 Afghans and 35,000 othersover the next few months - although Immigration Hawks have noted that federal estimates of immigrant influxes regularly undergo mission slippage and expand beyond original estimates.
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While the vast Major Si most Republicans have broadly supported efforts to bring in Afghans in the United States, a number of them are beginning to oppose the number of those arriving who are considered "at risk" Afghans rather than those who specifically assisted in the American Mission - the White House said the majority of those who came helped with the US operation, even though they are not special immigrant visa applicants- and that the vast reach requested by the RC will lead to huge numbers of Afghans to come, perhaps for years to come.
Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., accused President Biden to try "to award unlimited green cards to people who have not been used for sides of our troops and which may even threaten our safety and health - while exempting them from the normal refugee selection process. "
" This proposal is just another chapter of Biden 's continuing fiasco of Afghan politics, "he said.
Senator Rob Portman, R -Ohio, told The Wall Street Journal that while it isUsing the resettlement of Afghan allies, "it is becoming abundant It is clear that the majority of those being treated are Afghan evacuees with no record of support for our efforts.
In an interview with Fox News, the former senior Trump White House adviser Stephen Miller accused the Biden administration of trying to "codify the opening of s with Afghanistan.
"This is not an exaggeration but a literal truth that Biden's proposition is "If I Joe Biden can get on a plane a person who lives now or has lived in Afghanistan before and I can get them to put the foot on American soil, then they are placed on the path of citizenship and in turn can bring in their relatives and exercise the right of chain migration, which, of course, extends outward. ' "
Miller a egAlso expressed concern about the presence of radicalism in countries like Afghanistan, which, he warned, is more likely to infiltrate the United States if the number of people allowed to increase.
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"Open s to Afghanistan, filled with green cards, citizenship and chain migration will bring extremism, jihadism and Islamic fundamentalism to the United States," he said. .
"This does not mean that everyone living in Afghanistan subscribes to these views, but if you have a large scale migration from an area that has been continuously Islamist in its orientation for centuries without any successful history of secular governmentc or secular society, so by definition any kind of long-term migratory engagement will import those same ideas, same political traditions in Afghanistan into our country, "he said.
Miller has also noted since his time in the White House that the inclusions in continuing resolutions are regularly renewed each year, meaning the 2022 deadline could be extended even further into next year.
Immigration hawks who sounded the alarm about the program Immigration for months also hit Republicans who initially agreed to the plan, claiming it was the "pslippery entree we warned against ".
" Many well-meaning Republican lawmakers and pundits have fallen into a trap, singing in unison with Democrats and advocates of mass immigration that we must protect the Afghan "allies" by bringing them immediately to bring them here, "RJ Hauman, head of government relations at the Federation for American Immigration Reform ( FAIR).
" Now every Afghan is an 'ally ' or ' at risk "and with a view to accelerated relocation by the White House ", he said. >
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has worked to allay concerns about terrorists entering the United States through the process, and on Thursday Mayorkas was asked about the risk of infiltration of the Islamic State in the country.
"We have a multi-level, multi-agency screening and screening process to make sure this does not happen " he said . lti-layered. "
Separately, a White House official told Fox News that screening and security are carried out by intelligence, law enforcement and law enforcement officials. the fight against terrorism of several agencies.
"Intelligence, law enforcement and counterterrorism professionals carry out a screening and a security check for all candidates for the SIV and other vulnerable Afghans, including the review of biographical and biometric data, before they are allowed to enter the United States, they have says .