Just when one would think President Joe Biden’s administration couldn’t possibly screw up the Afghanistan situation more than it already has, it does exactly that.
According to a Fox News exclusive report, documents obtained by the network revealed the shocking news that the Biden administration plans to remove several Taliban-era Afghan civil servants — people who worked for the original Taliban government in Afghanistan from 1996-2001, from terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) lists.
In other words, should the plan be executed, countless Taliban-era Afghan workers would no longer be banned from entering the United States — a move that has already sparked intense backlash.
It was noted that in the draft document obtained by the network, which reportedly came from a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) planning document, those Afghans who are included would also need to pass various other background and screening tests.
The TRIG program is in place to prevent those who’ve worked for terrorist organizations from entering the United States, for obvious reasons.
Knowing full well that such a plan would lead to intense backlash, the USCIS appeared to make an effort to defend the decision to remove some of those people from the TRIG list.
“Many individuals who worked in civil service positions before the declaration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 1996 continued to do so after the declaration,” the draft document said. “Some did so under duress or other situations of hardship.”
The USCIS document added: “Some used their positions in humanitarian capacities to mitigate the repressive actions of the Taliban regime, often at great personal risk. Some of these civil servants later worked for or helped the International Security Assistance Force, the U.S. government or the Afghan government that was established in Dec. 22, 2001.”
Only time will tell if and when the USCIS moves forward with the new program, but at a time when tens of thousands of Afghans have already been allowed into the United States with what many believe are minimal or non-existent vetting procedures, it doesn’t feel like the right time to let people in who might possibly still have some allegiance to the deadliest terrorist force in the world.