EXCLUSIVE : The Biden administration plans to allow certain Afghan officials who were employed by the Taliban government from 1996-2001 to be exempted from related bans terrorism to enter the United States, according to a draft document obtained by Fox News. The administration continues to bring in tens of thousands of Afghans as part of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan .
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Planning Document Project, reviewed by Fox News, describes how the Department of Homeland Security is considering issuing a memorandum to allow Afghan officials who worked during the Taliban regime to be exempt from terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) if they meet their requirements. 'other background and selection requirements.
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TRIG imposes limits on peThose who are members of a terrorist organization or who have engaged in acts of terrorism, ineligible for the United States and ineligible for immigration benefits. The USCIS website states that the definition of activity related to terrorism is relatively broad and can apply to people and activities that are not generally considered to be associated with terrorism. "This means that TRIG would likely exclude those who worked under the Taliban regime, which ruled from 1996 until it was ousted by the United States in 2001 due to Al-Qaeda hosting after the September 11 attacks.
"Many people who worked in the civil service before the declaration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 1996 continued to do so after the declaration," the document says in support of the candidacy. did so under duress or in other difficult situations. "
"Some have used their humanitarian functions to mitigate the repressive actions of the Taliban regime, often at the risk of their lives. Some of them these officials then worked for or assisted the International Security Assistance Force. security, the US government or the Afghan government that was created on December 22, 2001 "he adds.
The Taliban have regained control of Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the United States, and the Biden administration brought tens of thousands of Afghans into the United States, including those who aided the American mission and those deemed "at risk." The administration estimated it would bring in around 95,000 Afghans during this fiscal year.
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The aThe TRIG exemption authorization for Afghan officials was finalized in the closing days of the Obama administration in January 2017, but it was never issued or applied to refugees, the document says. USCIS says the guidelines are being implemented now because they anticipate an increase in deposits of Afghan nationals. The authority allows USCIS agents to exempt terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds resulting from employment by the Taliban as public servants between September 1996 and December 2001.
An administration official pointed out to Fox News that the memo does not alter the existing screening and vetting process and that each individual will still be vetted, assessed and cleared by enforcement authorities of laws and the fight against terrorism before being admitted to the United States. Union and Cuba, and that, without exemption, the Afghans who worked as enspeople or in the health field could be excluded from entering the United States
"The effect [of the memo] is that people who have worked as doctors, teachers of Elementary school officials or low-level government employees would not automatically be barred from entering the United States because they worked in those professions, "the official said.
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Official told Fox News the status of the move is " pre-decision. "
The planning document also notes that TRIG exemptions have occurred periodically and that the exemptions have included those who have offered material support under duress for the voluntary provision of medical care and the apparmembership in a number of groups. It also states that a person will only be considered for an exemption if the evacuee has passed all background checks and does not pose a threat to the safety and security of the United States or the United States. other threshold requirements. "
The administration has repeatedly defended what 'she described as her "multi -layered "screening and screening process and that screening and security is carried out by intelligence, law enforcement and counterterrorism officials from multiple agencies. But Republicans said they were concerned both about the screening process and the number of Afghans who have not gone.directly linked to the American mission.
Last week, Republicans sat on the House Oversight Committee urges the DHS Inspector General's office to investigate the processes and practices underlying the operation of 'evacuation and resettlement.