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Afghanistan evacuation: DHS to take lead on relocating Afghan residents in US, Psaki says

The Division of Homeland Safety has taken lead on the method of relocating Afghan residents coming into the USA, placing them by means of a “thorough” vetting course of. 

White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday introduced the strategic pivot that locations the DHS on the coronary heart of a key operation within the last days of the long-winded withdrawal of U.S. navy forces from Afghanistan. 

“Already, DHS has been working carefully with companies throughout authorities – together with our navy, diplomats, intelligence group and regulation enforcement professionals, and plenty of others – to make sure all Afghans are screened and vetted previous to being allowed into the USA,” Psaki informed reporters throughout a scheduled briefing. 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White Home press secretary Jen Psaki speaks through the every day briefing on the White Home in Washington, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Picture/Susan Walsh) (AP Picture/Susan Walsh)

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Relocated Afghans will obtain in depth medical assist as a part of the relocation course of, together with COVID-19 screening and entry to a COVID-19 vaccine. 

The method goals to evacuate Afghan residents who labored with the USA navy to America underneath Particular Immigrant Visas (SIVs). Not all evacuees head straight to the U.S., nonetheless: In some instances, the evacuees head to ally international locations to await processing and vetting earlier than transferring onto the U.S. for resettlement. 

The vetting course of has created a backlog, reminiscent of at Dulles Worldwide Airport in Virginia, the place some Afghan evacuees stay caught on the runway for as much as 10 hours as they await processing. 

Families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, sit on a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. 

Households evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, sit on a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles Worldwide Airport in Chantilly, Va., Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021.  (AP Picture/Jose Luis Magana)

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“Our safety vetting course of is so thorough that whilst individuals are vetted earlier than they arrive – they undergo a background test earlier than they arrive – we implement a number of layers of checks, together with a affirmation in some instances on touchdown,” Psaki defined. “This may embody checking the manifest, and in a restricted variety of instances we now have vetting course of which are unresolved – very restricted, however that will result in a delay.” 

“In fact, guaranteeing that individuals are handled humanely as they’re coming to the USA – they’ve entry to meals and water – is one thing we’re dedicated to, and we are going to proceed to enhance any of those situations,” she added. 

As of now, the White Home maintains that the USA will keep zero diplomatic presence in Afghanistan after the Aug. 31 deadline that Biden has labored towards over the previous few months. 

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Air Power Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, Commander of U.S. Northern Command, informed reporters that officers labored onerous over the previous couple of days to create an “environment friendly and efficient course of.” VanHerck stated that the problem lay in certifying that the companies used “correct vetting authorities” to make sure that no pink flagged people entered the nation. 

Officers didn’t reply to questions as as to whether any refugees needed to be detained or despatched again because of the vetting course of at Dulles or related places. 

Any American citizen who stays within the nation following the deadline might want to look forward to phrase on what course of they will observe to evacuate the nation – a course of that some ally nations have already began to undertake: Germany has suggested residents that it’s working to prepare business flights at a later date because the nation accomplished its last navy airlift Thursday morning. 

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Nevertheless, residents could attempt to make their manner on foot to a neighboring nation to entry an lively embassy and obtain assist there. Taking such a visit could show too harmful, although, and Germany cautioned that it’s as much as every particular person to determine for themselves if that danger is price taking.  

Fox Information’ Jennifer Griffin and Jacqui Henrich contributed to this report. 

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