The Department of Homeland Security announced this week that it was seeking to exempt Afghan civil servants serving under the Taliban regime from terror-related sanctions and to allow them to enter the US.
The U.S. has been bringing tens of thousands of Afghans to the U.S. since the Taliban’s takeover last year and its withdrawal from Afghanistan. As it continues, the Biden administration is moving to exempt some Afghans trapped in terrorist-related unlicensed causes (TRIG).
Biden admin plan to exempt Taliban-era Afghan civil servants from US terror entry bar is still in operation
TRIG imposes restrictions on members of the terrorist organization or persons involved in terrorism, which the US does not allow and disqualifies for immigration purposes. USCIS The website says The definition of terrorist-related activity is “relatively broad and may apply to individuals and activities not related to terrorism.”
In October and April, Fox News Digital reported for the first time that the Biden administration was considering exemptions for Taliban-era civil servants, as well as others who had fought alongside the US in resistance movements against the Taliban and the Soviet Union.
In a statement released this week, the DHS confirmed that TRIG exemptions will be available for all three exceptions that apply on a “case-by-case” basis.
From September 27, 1996 to December 22, 2001 – after the US invasion of Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks – and the first to serve as civil servants in Afghanistan at any time since August 15, 2021. The DHS said this applies to many professions, including teachers, doctors and engineers, and to those who have used their position to reduce Taliban repression.
The agency emphasized that this did not include those in high-ranking government positions or those who directly contributed to violent activities through the repressive Islamist regime.
Afghans who “supported US military interests” by fighting resistance movements against the Taliban, as well as Afghans who fought against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, were potentially excluded. This does not apply to civilians or those who target US interests or commit acts of terrorism or human rights abuses.
Biden admin plans to exempt some Taliban-era Afghan civil servants from US terror-related entry restrictions
Finally, it exempts “individuals who have provided minimal or limited limited material support to a particular terrorist organization.” The DHS provides examples of the Taliban’s ubiquitous presence in Afghan life, passing through checkpoints, or paying tolls for utilities or obtaining passports.
The DHS reports that many administrations, including 2007, 2014 and 2019, have granted exemptions to applicants who have served with the military during the Lebanese civil war.
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“Doctors, teachers, engineers and other Afghans, including those who bravely and loyally supported U.S. forces in Afghanistan at great risk to their safety, should not be denied humanitarian protection and other immigration benefits because of their unavoidable proximity to war. Their work as civil servants,” Homeland Security said. . “These exemptions allow eligible individuals without risk to national security or public safety to obtain asylum, refugee status or other legal immigration status, demonstrating the United States’ continued commitment to our Afghan allies and their families.”
The administration emphasizes that all Afghans are subject to multi-layered and “rigorous” scrutiny of multiple databases – and only those who have cleared the checks are eligible for exemption. But Republicans have been worried for months about the scope and credibility of such an observation.
A memo viewed by Fox in April appeared to acknowledge concerns about potential abuse by those with deep terrorist ties, warning the DHS to “make sure that individuals have the appropriate mechanisms in place to avoid obscuring their affiliation with Tier 1 or Tier 2 foreign terrorists”. By trying to create an article that qualifies for the exception. “
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According to the Pentagon’s Inspector General’s report released in February, authorities have identified at least 50 Afghans evacuated to the United States in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, whose information indicates “potentially significant security issues” – and dozens more. It said there was “insulting information” among those who said it would disqualify them from parole.
More than 76,000 Afghans have so far been brought to the US in the wake of its withdrawal from Afghanistan in August, which has seen considerable criticism for the chaotic path of the US withdrawal in the wake of the advancing Taliban.