Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), Rick Scott (R-Florida), and Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), all members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, have sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Department of State Secretary Antony Blinken demanding information on how the agencies are vetting Afghans and other foreign nationals brought to the U.S. since the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.
The letter comes after Secretary Blinken admitted in a Senate committee hearing that “most of [the evacuees] were not” vetted prior to leaving Karzai airport in Aghanistan's capital of Kabul.
The letter from the Republican senators states,
“We understand that more than 120,000 individuals were airlifted out of Afghanistan. Of that number, the U.S. reportedly evacuated around 80,000 people and of those, 5,500 were Americans and over 73,000 were Afghans or other foreign nationals. Some of those Afghan nationals are currently housed in military installations in the U.S. We write today to request information about how your agencies are vetting/screening these individuals.”Republican Sens. Ron Johnson,Rick Scott, and Josh Hawley