Republican Senator Tom Cotton (AR) says President Biden is going to execute a policy that would hand over “unlimited green cards” to unvetted Afghans who were evacuated from their home country in recent weeks.
As Breitbart News said this Wednesday, Biden went with the fast-track citizenship route for Afghans in his budget request to lawmakers.
The request asks lawmakers to allow DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to award green cards, and naturalized citizenship, to around 50,000 Afghans by removing the standard vetting requirements.
Cotton slammed this request as “yet another chapter in Joe Biden’s rolling disaster of an Afghanistan policy” in a comment:
“Joe Biden left thousands of people behind in Afghanistan who already have citizenship, green cards, and pending visas, but now Biden wants to give unlimited green cards to those who didn’t serve with our troops and who might even threaten America’s safety — all while exempting us from our routine refugee screening.”
Cotton’s office stated that the Biden plan would give a path for “any Afghans who come to the U.S. over the next year to get green cards, backdated to when they entered the country, without going through the normal refugee approval and screening process” while also not having the Afghans count against the annual refugee limits.
“The only screening needed under this proposal is whatever screening that Secretary Mayorkas thinks is sufficient,” Cotton’s office said in a brief:
“This proposal also gives Sec. Mayorkas the authority to ignore any grounds for inadmissibility (including connections to terrorism) if he thinks it is good for ‘humanitarian reasons, to assure family unity, or when it’s allegedly in the public interest.’”
This week, Biden asked Congress to allow $6.4 billion in taxpayer money to give aid and resettlement support to around 95,000 Afghans that he wants to bring to the United States over the next year.
Though Joe Biden has pitched this Afghan resettlement as being about supporting the nation’s allies, most Afghans coming to the U.S. do not qualify for the Special Immigrant Visas or P-2 visas. Which are programs reserved for the Afghans and families who worked for the U.S. Military.
Author: Blake Ambrose