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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is renewing his scrutiny of federal vetting and resettlement protocols in light of a May 6 Homeland Security watchdog report, which further verifies his long-held concern the Biden administration did not adequately screen Afghan evacuees after botching the U.S. withdrawal from the region. Grassley wrote the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to demand answers on the DHS Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) latest findings. 

 

“I’ve sounded alarms about the failed Afghan evacuee vetting and resettlement procedures since the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Rather than taking accountability and addressing known vulnerabilities, the departments responsible largely dismissed congressional warnings. As a result, individuals who may pose security threats are setting up shop on American soil,” Grassley said. “On top of all this, the Biden administration continues to project weakness on the global stage and allow millions of illegal immigrants, including hundreds with ISIS ties, into our country. This OIG report is another reminder America is less safe on President Biden’s watch.”

 

Grassley wants to know the steps DHS will take to close recommendations outlined in the OIG’s report. He is also asking for a series of records related to the Afghan evacuees paroled into the U.S. under Operation Allies Welcome (OAW). In his oversight inquiry to the FBI, Grassley is again taking issue with the bureau’s improper classification of the investigative data that ought to be unclassified and available for the public to see.

 

Read Grassley’s letters to DHS and FBI at the corresponding links. 

Author: Press Release

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