Forty-six Afghan evacuees trying to flee the United States have been identified by Homeland Security as potential national security threats, according to a new report.
He was identified during a US government screening process during a mass evacuation from Kabul over the past two weeks. The Washington Post. Show
Of the 44 people on the Homeland Security list, 16 were not allowed to travel to the United States or stay at transit sites abroad.
Thirteen are in the custody of Customs and Border Protection for further screening and review.
Another 15 were handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and deported to either the Middle East or Europe, or left in the United States after further investigation.
The report said some of the 44 flagged Afghans had suspicious links to terrorists or had suspicious information on their phones.
Two other Afghans were flagged off because they had previously been deported from the United States.
One was convicted of rape in 2010 and the other was convicted of armed robbery in 2011. Both are currently in ICE custody.
More than 60,000 people have arrived in the United States since August 17.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Murcas has so far refused to give a specific number of Afghans detained during the screening process.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Millie, said Wednesday. He was “very comfortable.” With security measures for Afghan refugees.
What are they doing when they come, they are registering their names. They are doing biometrics. They check their irises. They do their fingerprints. They take a complete picture of the face, “he said.
Officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the State Department, the Customs and Border Protection and the US Agency for International Development are involved, Milli said.
However, he noted that US intelligence gathering in Afghanistan would now be hampered once the US withdrawal was complete.