Grassley Blocks Afghan Green Card Plan

( – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has successfully prevented the Afghan Adjustment Act from inclusion in the Omnibus spending plan. The $1.7 trillion spending bill has stalled in Congress following an amendment by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that funding for the Department of Homeland Security should be cut if Title 42 is allowed to expire.

Title 42 allows for the fast deportation of illegal migrants on health grounds and was due to expire on December 21st but has been held in place by a Supreme Court ruling.

The Afghan Adjustment Act was introduced following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021. At that time, around 86,000 Afghans were resettled in the United States and the legislation would have granted them green cards. However, Sen. Grassley said sufficient vetting of these migrants had not taken place and therefore constituted a security threat. The proposed legislation had the support of Democrats and several Republicans.

In September 2021, Grassley wrote to the White House requesting information on how many of the Afghans in the US were included on no-fly lists. The Biden administration did not respond.

In a report published by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG), it was revealed that 1,000s of arrivals had not been properly vetted. The report stated that the records of 7,800 people had missing or invalid numbers, and hundreds had no first or last name, or inaccurate birth dates. Almost 1,300 had not had their fingerprints taken.

Sen. Grassley’s successful block represents a small victory for those concerned about record levels of immigration to the United States, much of it illegal. The Biden White House, which has asked the Supreme Court to allow Title 42 to expire, has overseen unprecedented breaches of the southern border with 2.6 million arrests made this year alone. This is up from 1.73 million in 2021.

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