Biden plans to let some Afghan officials of the 1996-2001 Taliban regime into the US by exempting them from terrorism travel restrictions
- Biden plans to exempt officials who worked for the Taliban regime from 1996-2001 from terrorism-related travel restrictions to the US
- “Many individuals who served in civil service positions before the declaration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 1996 continued to do so,” the memo reads.
- It adds: ‘Some did so under duress or other difficult situations’
- The US continues to evacuate Afghan civilians after the failed withdrawal in August, which allowed the Taliban to quickly take over the country
Joe Biden plans to exempt certain Afghan officials employed by the Taliban from terror-related bans from entering the US, a draft document obtained by Fox News reveals.
A new government memorandum, reviewed and revealed in a report Wednesday, shows that some Afghans who served in the Taliban government from 1996-2001 will not be subject to the same travel restrictions to the US as others to terrorism. related grounds of inadmissibility ( TRIG).
“Many individuals who served in civil service positions before the Declaration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 1996 continued to do so after the declaration,” the document said. “Some did that under duress or other difficult situations.”
“Some used their positions in humanitarian capacities to reduce the repressive actions of the Taliban regime, often at great personal risk,” it continues. “Some of these officials later worked for or assisted the International Security Assistance Force, the United States government, or the Afghan government, which was established on December 22, 2001.”
The exempted persons must pass other background checks and screening requirements before being allowed to circumvent the terror-related travel restrictions to the US
Biden administration plans to implement new memorandum exempting officials who worked for the Taliban regime from 1996-2001 from terrorism-related travel restrictions to the US
The US continues to evacuate Afghan civilians from Afghanistan after the failed August withdrawal, which allowed the Taliban to quickly take over the country without the presence of foreign troops
A Biden official told Fox that the new memorandum will not change the existing screening and vetting processes for any individual coming to the US, noting that similar exceptions have been made with refugees from countries like the Soviet Union and Cuba.
‘The effect [of the memo] is that people who worked as doctors, elementary school teachers, civil servants or low-ranking government employees would not be automatically barred from entering the United States because they worked in those professions,” the official said.
They also claimed that the status of the memo is in the “pre-decisional” stage.
President Biden’s team is still working to evacuate thousands of Afghans following the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) planning document outlines how the Department of Homeland Security will issue the memorandum.
The exemption will come after the Taliban were able to quickly regain control of Afghanistan after Biden withdrew all US troops from the country in late August without any fail-safes to ensure the Afghan government did not fall.
The Islamist militant group managed to take over the country in less than two weeks.
The US and other countries are now grappling with new leadership in Afghanistan after 20 years of conflict.
Biden was criticized for the failed withdrawal, which left hundreds of Americans and thousands of Afghan allies trapped in Afghanistan when the Taliban took over the country.
In the chaos of the withdrawal at Kabul airport, 13 US servicemen were killed in a suicide bombing blamed on ISIS-K.
Since his departure, Biden has already returned tens of thousands of Afghans to the US, including those deemed “at risk” by the withdrawal.
The government estimates that approximately 95,000 Afghans will be brought to the US this fiscal year.