Afghans gather on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul on Friday, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban’s military takeover. (Wakil Kohsar – AFP / Getty Images)
By Cameron Arcand August 23, 2021 at 5:03pm
A poor vetting process is raising questions about who has been allowed entry into Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
The United States began issuing special immigrant visas in a digital electronic format to Afghan civilians attempting to evacuate the country through emergency flights.
A major issue with this format is that these visas reportedly do not have any names or document numbers to determine who’s who, according to CNN.
Screen shots of the visas are being widely distributed and used by Afghans attempting to enter the airport that’s considered “secure” by the U.S. government.
.@JudyWoodruff: Is it getting any easier for people to get to Kabul’s airport?@JaneFerguson5: “It’s becoming a lot more frantic at that moment in terms of getting people out.” pic.twitter.com/6gulYSA2r1
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) August 23, 2021
While it is not currently consistent with American policy to allow people with these visas into the airport, some are people allowed inside due to the jumbled nature of the situation.
With these documents, young single men have made their way into the airport without proper identification — implying that they could be terrorist infiltrators.
“I don’t think consular, or the administration frankly, realizes how badly they f***ed up by sending that stupid visa and letting everyone in for 24 hours straight,” a source told CNN.
Should there be an improved vetting process?
Current U.S. policy is to only admit citizens of the U.S. or other NATO countries or green card holders onto evacuation flights, according to the U.K. Daily Mail, but it is unclear how many of these people still remain in Afghanistan.
“It’s quickly becoming the Wild West,” the CNN source added. “[Special] operators are pulling people through gates left and right.”
The Biden administration’s decision to not have identifying markers on key documents could create a dangerous situation where unvetted people are entering the United States or allied nations.
You’re relying on terrorists to get Americans out of a country that you surrendered to terrorists. https://t.co/ZcF0TNFhX2
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) August 23, 2021
If these were women and children, for example, this would be a much different story.
Today we spoke to some Afghan refugees who just arrived in the US. This man, a former Afghan Army soldier, is a Taliban target. He’s one of thousands of SIV cases -Special Immigrant Visas, who will eventually be settled in the U.S.
We hid his identity for his own safety pic.twitter.com/aZr36oKYm4
— Joe Khalil (@JoeKhalilTV) August 19, 2021
But the fact that these men could pose a threat to civilians is a damning consequence of Biden’s poor foreign policy.
Innocent people in Afghanistan are left scrambling and vulnerable, meaning that there is plenty of room for error in the process.
The developments in the country are devastating, and bad actors could be taking this opportunity to spread harm globally.