A House Republican who toured an Afghan refugee camp at Fort McCoy Army base in Wisconsin has voiced his alarm after learning most of the inhabitants are not visa holders and can leave at any time.
Rep. Tom Tiffany toured the base last week and told the Washington Examiner he was alarmed to discover President Joe Biden’s statements of complete vetting were untrue. The refugees at the base have no visas and haven’t undergone the standard vetting process.
“Does this mean they have ties to the Taliban, ISIS, or al Qaeda? Do they have ties to terror organizations yet [the State Department] just says we are fully vetting them?” Tiffany asked. “I am concerned that they don’t have the information on background to make sure they are fully vetted.”
Tiffany was told the base had 3,000 refugees and that the number could swell to 10,000.
Vetting is a 14-step process that takes between 18 and 24 months, according to former acting Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli . The United States normally processes about 750 applications per year, but “now, all of a sudden, we are going to do 18,000 and their families in weeks or months? That is not realistic,” he said.
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