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The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General has reported that approximately 80,000 Afghans were brought into the United States without being fully vetted. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the findings after conducting an audit of Homeland Security’s vetting process of Afghan evacuees during the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
In the report published on September 6, the OIG said, “We determined some information used to vet evacuees through U.S. Government databases, such as name, date of birth, identification number, and travel document data were inaccurate, incomplete, or missing.”
They went on to say, “We also determined (Customs and Border Patrol) admitted or paroled evacuees who were not fully vetted into the United States.” The OIG warned that individuals who are a potential national security risk were admitted into local communities.
The audit inspected the records of 88,977 individuals who were brought into the US. Of those, 242 did not give a last name, 417 had no first name, and 11,110 reported their birthday as January 1.
The audit also found that required travel documents were either invalid or missing altogether for 7,800 of the evacuees. In the case of 36,400 Afghans allowed into the country, the type of travel document provided was recorded as “facilitation document.” Customs and Border Protection (CBP) could not explain what a “facilitation document” was.
CBP allowed 35 Afghans to board flights bound for the US who did not have the required green status card. Another evacuee had recently been released from an Afghan prison by the Taliban.
An earlier report from February identified dangerous individuals being brought into the country.
Department of Defense Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) found there are “50 Afghan personnel in the United States with information in DoD records that would indicate potentially significant security concerns.”
An anonymous DoD official has claimed that 324 of the Afghan evacuees appeared on the Biometrically Enabled Watchlist. This list includes individuals suspected of terrorism but they were still permitted to enter the United States.