It’s unclear what, se qualcosa, Rosendale can do as a member of Congress to stop the resettlement, which has the public support of the state’s Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte. A message left with Rosendale’s office was not immediately returned.
Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, the president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, a faith-based non-profit that helps resettle refugees, rejected Rosendale’s claims that the refugees are dangerous.
“These children and families are not terrorists — they feared terrorism and fled the Taliban,” O’Mara Vignarajah said in a statement. “These people faced danger precisely because they share our values, and to suggest otherwise is deeply disrespectful to those who risked their lives on our nation’s behalf.”
The Biden administration has stressed that Afghan refugees who arrived in the US have been thoroughly vetted
, and intelligence
, law enforcement and counterterrorism professionals have been conducting security screenings for all Afghans permitted to enter the US
Afghans evacuees are screened more than once
— both at an intermediate country where they’re taken ahead of arriving in the US and upon arrival in the US
, according to officials and experts
Although the Biden administration’s plan to quickly evacuate Afghan applicants who have SIV status had widespread support on Capitol Hill and in public polling over the summer
, il più di 60,000 Afghans being resettled in the US also include SIV applicants and those who were deemed at risk of Taliban reprisals
Il 75 refugees will be placed in Missoula and could start arriving as soon as next month
, il Daily Montanan
segnalato. Gianforte on Thursday welcomed
“our fully-vetted Afghan allies who worked alongside us
, have left their homes in the face of the Taliban’s reemerging
, merciless terror
, and seek freedom and safety
,” secondo local reports
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan had previously said that background checks for Afghan evacuees arriving in the US include both biographic information and biometric vetting, such as voiceprints, iris scans, palm prints and facial photos.
A lengthy multi-step process also exists for Afghan SIV applicants to apply for visas to the US. To help with the backlog of applicants caused by the Taliban’s rapid takeover of the country, the Biden administration increased State Department personnel to process visas and had the Department of Homeland Security work overtime on security checks.