On Tuesday, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives subpoenaed the Biden Administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over records relating to Afghan refugees who were brought into the country following the collapse of Afghanistan in August of 2021.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the Biden White House and DHS have repeatedly refused to hand over any information regarding these refugees, of which almost 90,000 were brought into the U.S. since the fall of Afghanistan. The House Republicans made their demands in a letter submitted to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
“In the wake of the Biden administration’s catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan, the country has once again become a breeding ground for foreign terrorist organizations under Taliban rule,” said Homeland Security Committee chairman Mark Green (R-Tenn.). “The Committee is still seeking answers on how the Biden administration vetted those entering the United States following the withdrawal.”
Prior requests for such information by congressional Republicans, Green added, “were met with insufficient responses from the Biden administration.” The only information that was turned over, Green continued, were 150 pages of heavily-redacted material that amounted to “nothing more than scanned printouts from spreadsheets of data that were provided in a format that rendered them indecipherable.”
The request by the Homeland Security Committee comes after multiple warnings from intelligence officials that the threat of Islamic terrorists infiltrating the United States is higher than ever before, in the aftermath of the mass terrorist attacks against Israel on October 7th. On Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress that “the ongoing war in the Middle East has raised the threat of an attack against Americans in the United States to a whole other level.”
The Biden Administration was widely criticized for a severe lack of proper vetting when it began admitting Afghan refugees into the country, especially as it began letting in refugees before rescuing American citizens who were still trapped in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over at the end of August of 2021. Many of the 90,000 Afghanis who were allowed in did not own a passport when they arrived on American soil, according to internal government communications.
The subpoena gives the DHS a compliance deadline of November 7th, by which it must hand over all communications relating to the matter from over a dozen federal agencies.