“First” Wave of Biden’s Afghan Airlift! “Interpreters” Headed to Virginia

I am sorry I seem to be fixated on this subject, but it really gets my blood boiling.

After all the blood and treasure we have spent in Afghanistan, the Islamic country is still ungovernable and somehow it is our responsibility to move upwards of 100,000 Afghans to American towns with all the lavish benefits ‘refugees’ receive.

Pentagon spox retired Admiral John Kirby (you will remember him from the Obama Administration). Does no reporter ever ask him how many have we already resettled in America? Or are they all purposefully keeping that information away from the taxpaying public?

And to top it off!  All of the news reports I see, including this one from Defense One, NEVER tell readers that we have already admitted approximately 70,000 so-called interpreters and their families to America for years now (and yes, tens of thousands came during the Trump years).

How many interpreters could there possibly be?

The reality of course is that anyone who drove our garbage to the dump, worked for any non-profit group or even for an allied government, is eligible for a ticket to America for the whole family!

And, to make it even worse in my mind, this Special Immigrant Visa Program, first launched for Iraqis, never went through Congress in the normal process but in fact was simply tagged onto a must-pass Defense Authorization bill by then Senator Ted Kennedy in the dark of night.

See my post a couple of days ago at ‘Frauds and Crooks’ where this subject is not off topic—it is a fraud!

Charter Flights Getting Ready to Fly Thousands of Afghans to American Cities

Now this, thanks to reader Karen.

It is NOT the FIRST wave!  That is fake news!

First Wave of Afghan Interpreters Head to Fort Lee

Afghan interpreters and their families who have been cleared to come to the United States will be initially housed at Fort Lee, Va., the White House announced Monday. 

The Army base—and potentially other military installations in the U.S.—will serve as a short-term home for arriving Afghans whose work for the United States during military operations in Afghanistan has imperiled them and their families.

“These are brave Afghans and their families whose service to the United States has been certified by the embassy in Kabul and have completed thorough SIV security vetting processes,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.

The first chartered flights of evacuating Afghans are expected to arrive before the end of the month, Price said.

So far, about 700 interpreters and 1,800 of their dependents have been cleared for evacuation to the United States, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said.

Fort Lee is located about 130 miles south of the Pentagon, close to Richmond.

“We’re going to give these people a safe place to stay for a few days while they finish the processing that they have to finish before they can then be resettled elsewhere in the United States,” Kirby said.

[….]

…. the Afghans are not expected to stay long-term, and are not expected to arrive all at once, Kirby said. During their stay, they will receive additional medical screening as the final step in completing the SIV process, Kirby said.  Their stay, medical care and food and housing costs will be covered by the State Department, Kirby said.  [State Department? You are paying for this!—-ed]

“The State Department will work with OMB for appropriate funding for this,” Kirby said.

18,000 MORE on top of the already resettled 70,000!

The State Department has said that about 18,000 interpreters are seeking a special immigrant visa for themselves and their family members. As of June, most of those applicants were only in the early stages of their paperwork and security vetting. 

The number will surely surpass 100,000 before Biden leaves the White House.

Continue reading here.

2,931 Afghans have already arrived this fiscal year with Virginia being the third most ‘welcoming’ state after California and Texas.

https://www.wrapsnet.org/documents/Amerasian%20and%20SIV%20Arrivals%20by%20Nationality%20and%20State%20as%20of%2030%20Jun%202021.pdf

If you missed my post from a few days ago, see what Afghan men are doing to Austria!

Austria’s Afghan Refugee Problem: Will it be Our Problem Soon?

And this…..

Afghan Refugees Expected to Overrun Europe

Biden to Move Thousands MORE Afghans to Towns Near You

“There is a home for you in the United States….” (but not in Delaware as that state doesn’t take refugees!)

(Joe Biden)

The Biden Administration is getting ready to airlift tens of thousands more out of Afghanistan by the end of July.

Nevermind that in the last eight years or so we admitted about 70,000 Afghan so-called interpreters and their families to the US!   How many more could there possibly be?  

I don’t know about you but every time I hear (even from conservative mouthpieces in the media) that we owe it to them to pay for their migration to America I want to scream.

Are we going to save citizens of every country on earth that can’t seem to get its s*** together to govern itself? 

And, if you are wondering, I am not making it up that we have already brought tens of thousands of Afghans to America.  See (below) a post I wrote in 2019 and see that we were up to 56,000 at that point already.  With a little digging at the Refugee Processing Center I found another 13,000 brought in since then!

The nine refugee contractors***, which are contracted by the US State Department to place them in towns of the contractor’s choosing, actually financially got by in the lean Trump years by placing their Afghan “clients.”  (Trump did not restrict Afghans in the so-called Muslim ban!)

The resettlement agencies are now surely licking their chops at the pending arrival of thousands in one fell swoop!

Special Immigrant Visa Holders Coming in by the Thousands from Afghanistan, but Iraqi Flow has Slowed

(Handy summary charts like the one screenshot in the above post are no longer accessible at the Refugee Processing Center.)

Here is the latest news, this from ABC:

By the way there are many stories across the corporate media, ABC just happens to be the first one I saw this a.m.

Biden administration to begin evacuating Afghans who aided US in late July

The Biden administration will begin evacuation flights in late July for Afghans who have aided the U.S. military and diplomatic missions, according to a senior administration official.

President Joe Biden earlier this month said all U.S. combat forces will be out of Afghanistan by Aug. 31 and defended his decision to leave the country in the face of Taliban gains in the area.

[….]

The evacuation effort, dubbed Operation Allies Refuge, will relocate Afghans who have applied for a U.S. Special Immigrant Visa and their families to a safe third country, but it is still unclear how many of these translators, guides and other contractors will be moved and to exactly where.

Yes! Muslim countries are a better choice. Keep them in their religious and cultural comfort zones!

Earlier this month, a U.S. official told ABC News that Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan — Afghanistan’s neighbors to the north — have all been under consideration as third-country options, while a second official said the list includes the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, both of which are home to U.S. military facilities where Afghans could be brought.

The military gets to take care of foreign nationals that in another time in history would be called invading forces!  And, with all the border jumpers at US military installations, how is there room for Afghans?

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby confirmed that the administration is also now considering using U.S. military installations in the continental U.S. “for short-term use,” as well as U.S. military installations in other countries that have “appropriate temporary residences and associated support infrastructure,” he said.

The Lutherans, for one, are jumping for joy!  More paying clients and more diversity to spread to unsuspecting American towns and cities!

Vignarajah with her former boss.

The White House’s announcement Wednesday is “a vital step forward in honoring the promise we made to Afghan allies who faithfully served our mission,” said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, one of the country’s largest refugee resettlement agencies.

But “there are still far too many questions left unanswered, including who exactly and how many people are eligible for evacuation,” she added.

Continue reading here.

 

*** For new readers, these are the nine federal refugee contractors which will be placing Joe’s 125,000 new refugees (not including border-jumping illegal aliens) beginning October 1, in addition to however many thousands more Afghans are flown into America—all on your dime!

State Department Admits Massive Fraud in Iraqi Refugee Program

We reported that an investigation was underway, here in February:

Biden Admin Halts Special Refugee Program for Iraqis Due to Fraud Bust

However, now the international corporate media is admitting it.

But, you need to know that this isn’t the first and won’t be the last admission that fraud is rampant in the US Refugee Admissions Program. 

Longtime readers may remember the moratorium on Somalis entering the US that began back in 2008 when the State Department uncovered fraud in the family reunification program—oopsy the Somalis claiming to be family members weren’t even kissing cousins.

I followed that scam investigation:

State Department: Possibly tens of thousands of Somalis in the US illegally

In 2007, I first told readers about how Ted Kennedy secretively tacked the Special Iraqi program onto a must-pass Defense Authorization bill in the dark of night.

How many Iraqi refugees will be resettled in Hyannisport?

So here we are nearly 50,000 Iraqis later…

From Reuters this morning just in time for UN-designated World Refugee Day on Sunday:

Mark Hetfield, CEO of HIAS (formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) one of nine federal resettlement contractors*** is quoted as saying:

“Resettlement is a very scarce and valuable and lifesaving commodity,” said Mark Hetfield, president of HIAS, a refugee resettlement agency.

“People … are going to do anything they can to access it.”

 

EXCLUSIVE U.S. suspects 4,000 cases of fraud in Iraqi refugee program -documents

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities pursuing a sweeping fraud investigation suspect some 4,000 Iraqis of filing fraudulent applications for resettlement in the United States as refugees, and they are re-examining cases involving more than 104,000 others, according to State Department reports reviewed by Reuters.

More than 500 Iraqis already admitted as refugees have been implicated in the alleged fraud and could be deported or stripped of their U.S. citizenship, according to one document sent to members of Congress. It said there was “no indication to date that any of these 500+ individuals have ties to terrorism.”

The probe – one of the biggest into refugee program fraud in recent history – is fueling reservations among some in Joe Biden’s administration as they debate whether to create a similar program to assist Afghan refugees as American troops withdraw after 20 years of war, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The reports show the investigation is more far-reaching and serious than U.S. officials have disclosed since announcing in January a 90-day freeze of the Iraqi “Direct Access” refugee program. The suspension, which in April was extended indefinitely by the State Department, followed the unsealing of an indictment accusing three foreign nationals of fraud, records theft and money laundering.

A State Department spokesperson declined to comment on the scope of the investigation and internal government deliberations, but said the fraud scheme did not affect security vetting of refugees.

“The discovery, investigation, and prosecution of individuals involved in the scheme demonstrated the U.S. government’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of the program while upholding our humanitarian tradition,” the spokesperson said. “Those who would seek to take advantage of America’s generosity in welcoming the most vulnerable people will be held accountable.”

The spokesperson did not give a timeline for the investigation, but said the agency would work “as quickly and thoroughly as possible” to complete the review and make any necessary security changes.

Now this next part doesn’t make any sense to me because we are already bringing tens of thousands of Afghans here in the Special Immigrant Visa Program, the same one that the Iraqis used.

Here is one post on the Afghans from 2019:

Special Immigrant Visa Holders Coming in by the Thousands from Afghanistan, but Iraqi Flow has Slowed

You can see here that over 2,000 Afghans have been admitted in just the present fiscal year. How many did your state ‘welcome?’

Back to Reuters:

Under pressure from lawmakers of both parties and advocacy groups, the Biden administration is considering a similar program for Afghans facing Taliban retribution, according to a State Department official, a congressional aide and a lawmaker.

But there “are a lot of reservations” about expediting the resettlement of Afghans as refugees in the United States, said the State Department official, citing the problems with the Iraqi program.

There is much, much more so continue reading here.

I just took a trip down memory lane and see that I have a lot of posts on the Special Immigrant Visa Program and here is one in particular you should see.  Obama Judge rules that we aren’t bringing sufficient numbers of Iraqis and Afghans!

Judge Says Trump Admin Not Moving Fast Enough Bringing in Iraqi and Afghan Special Visa Holders

 

***In case you are new to RRW, here are the nine contractors that have monopolized all refugee distribution in the US for decades.

When President Trump reduced the number of regular refugees being admitted, he did continue the Iraq and Afghan special refugees program and the contractors, we learned, were surviving off their payouts to resettle them.

Foreigners First! is their motto.

State Department Data Not Showing Large Increase in Refugees (yet!)

I’ve seen a couple of news reports lately mentioning that Joe Biden’s refugee numbers are picking up. But, will he admit 62,500 by September 30th?

So, I checked the little bit of data still available at the Refugee Processing Center and see that as of April 30th, he isn’t even up to Trump levels for Fiscal year 2021 (FY21 ends on September 30th, 4 and 1/2 months from now).

For new readers, the Refugee Processing Center, until the Fall of 2020, provided a treasure trove of information about refugees arriving in the US.

However, for some reason the Trump Administration took down most of the database and we are left with only scanty information that you can find on this page.

You can see how many refugees came from which countries and went to your state, but only for this fiscal year and only up until the end of the previous month.

We have admitted 2,334 refugees in the regular program from October 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.

Top ‘welcoming’ states are:  California (355), Washington (210), Texas (186), New York (154) and North Carolina (100).

But, that doesn’t tell the whole story!

Afghans are coming in large numbers!

We admitted another 2,237 Special Immigrant Visa holders from Afghanistan (a few from Iraq are included in that number)!

That huge number includes a large percentage of dependents who are all treated to the same resettlement benefits regular refugees receive, and are “clients” of the nine federal refugee contractors.

Top Afghan SIV ‘welcoming’ states are California (828), Texas (484), Virginia (270), Washington (143) and Maryland (73).

Have a look at the monthly columns and see that the Trump Administration brought in higher numbers than Biden is admitting so far.

Biden Admin Halts Special Refugee Program for Iraqis Due to Fraud Bust

“It is important to hold accountable those who would seek to defraud such programs, particularly when the crimes compromise our national security and public safety, when they impose such high costs on taxpayers…”

(Michael R. Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia)

Yes, you heard that right.  The Special Immigrant Visa Program for Iraqis (and their family members) who have supposedly helped us in Iraq was suspended as a result of that fraud bust we reported a few days ago.  I had missed this part of the story.

For inquiring minds, I have written many posts over the year about Iraqi Special Immigrant Visas.

From the Washington Times:

Feds stop special Iraqi refugee program after troubling DHS security breach

The State Department announced an emergency 90-day halt on admitting refugees from Iraq who helped the U.S. war effort after authorities revealed Friday that the program had been breached in a brazen conspiracy to steal refugees’ files.

Michael Sherwin

Acting Secretary of State Daniel B. Smith said they need to study the Iraqi program’s “vulnerabilities,” but insisted the broader refugee program is still safe.

His announcement came just hours after federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment charging three people, including two Homeland Security employees accused of selling secret files on refugee applicants.

Prosecutors said the secret information, including applicants’ employment records, security checks, military history and their very personal accounts of persecution, were all able to be breached by the employees.

More here.

Just so you know, more Afghans are admitted in this special program that came into existence as a hidden rider by Senator Ted Kennedy to a Defense authorization bill.  The program did not go through regular order in Congress.

The three-year-old chart below does not show that tens of thousands more dependents came along with the SIV applicant.

https://www.statista.com/chart/12246/afghans-account-for-the-majority-of-special-immigrant-visas/