WASHINGTON, DC – President Biden requested Congress to authorize at least $6.4 billion in American taxpayer money to provide aid and resettlement support to about 95,000 Afghans that he hopes to bring to the U.S. over the next 12 months.
Biden asks Congress for $6.4 billion to relocate Afghan refugees https://t.co/5lBOh2gGbm
— Eustacia Miliusis (@6eustacia) September 9, 2021
Administration officials said Tuesday that the White House would request $6.4 billion to resettle the Afghan refugees across the United States.
The U.S. anticipates bringing 64,000 Afghans to the U.S. by the end of this month and 30,000 over the next 12 months.
President Biden’s goal is to resettle about 95,000 Afghans into the U.S. The resettlement would be the largest since President Barack Obama brought 12,000 Syrians to the U.S. from 2012 to 2016.
According to NBC News, the administration submitted a continuing resolution budget request linking resettlement funding to other disaster aid marked for Hurricane Ida, the fires ravaging the West, and other natural disasters.
YOUR MESS COWARD! YOU PAY FOR IT !!!
— Taking the Fight to Traitors (@TraitorSearcher) September 9, 2021
Administration officials said the funds would be used for “funding and resources to the Afghans to help them set up a new home in the U.S.”
The funding for Afghan refugees would also support transportation costs between overseas processing locations and the United States, security screenings, humanitarian assistance, public health screenings and vaccinations.
After 12 months in the U.S., the Afghans will be eligible to apply to become LPRs (lawful permanent residents) and receive “green cards.”
Sen. Tom Cotton spoke out this week against President Biden’s relocation plan and a request by the administration to give “unlimited green cards” to unvetted Afghans.
Biden made a request to Congress to allow Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to give green cards to at least 50,000 Afghans by waiving vetting procedures, and to allow him to eventually confer naturalized U.S. citizenship to them.
JOE BIDEN wants at least $6.4 billion in taxpayer dollars to resettle Afghan Muslims in the US, most of whom are not vetted or holders of Special Immigration Visas (SIVs) https://t.co/dbKDOXROnx
— Dede (@dederamella) September 9, 2021
Sen. Cotton (R-AR) said of the plan and budget request:
“Joe Biden left behind thousands in Afghanistan who already have American citizenship, green cards, or pending visas, but now he wants to award unlimited green cards to people who didn’t serve alongside our troops and who may even threaten our safety and health.
“All while exempting them from the normal refugee screening process.”
Through his office, Sen. Cotton added:
“(The plan would allow) any Afghans who come to the United States over at least the next year to obtain green cards, backdated to the day they entered the country, without completing the normal refugee screening or approval process.
“The only screening required under the proposal is whatever screening Secretary Mayorkas deems sufficient.”
Biden Admin Want You to Cough Up $6.4 Billion to Resettle 94,000 Afghans in the U.S. https://t.co/owDAqD4xUY
— Cheri Berens (@Cheri_Berens) September 8, 2021
Afghans are being evacuated to allied countries like Germany for processing before being brought to the U.S. Those brought to the U.S. arrive under refugee status and have not undergone immigration processing.
Refugee resettlement in the U.S. costs American taxpayers nearly $9 million every five years, according to research cited by Breitbart News. Each refugee costs taxpayers about $133,000 over their lifetime. Within five years, an estimated 16% of all refugees admitted will need taxpayer-funded housing assistance.
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Democrats block vote to require Biden to rescue all Americans, military equipment abandoned in Afghanistan
September 2, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – House Republicans are demanding accountability for the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Freedom Caucus is demanding the President resign.
President Biden’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by an August 31 deadline fell into chaos after Afghan security forces collapsed and the Taliban took hold of the country.
America needs answers on Afghanistan.
Since the White House either cherry-picks what questions to answer or completely fails to respond to questions, Republicans will continue to take all actions possible to investigate what went wrong and hold those responsible accountable. pic.twitter.com/a4ESTNOkJU
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) August 31, 2021
Biden’s plan left thousands of Americans and allied Afghans scrambling to escape the country before the deadline, and American military forces were forced to withdraw, leaving massive stockpiles of weapons and unknown numbers of Americans and Afghans who aided in the war effort behind.
In the logjam that formed at Kabul Airport, ISIS-K terrorists detonated two suicide bombs, killing nearly 160 Afghans and 13 American service members.
On Tuesday, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), a Marine veteran who served in Iraq, attempted to bring a bill up for consideration during a pro forma session of the House to demand answers about President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Joe Biden has not been straight with the American people on Afghanistan, nor has he given us his plan to rescue stranded Americans. House Republicans are going to conduct oversight with or without Democrats’ help because Americans deserve these answers. pic.twitter.com/6kC1eeNlT1
— Team McCaul (@McCaulforTexas) September 1, 2021
House Republicans also wanted to read the names of the 13 fallen service members into the record on the House floor.
Included in the bill was a request for the plan the administration has to get over 100 American citizens left behind in Afghanistan back home, a demand for an inventory of all equipment left behind, and transparency on any deals reached between the Taliban and the administration.
The bill also states that Congress believes the Taliban should not be recognized as the official government of Afghanistan.
The Democratic House chairman refused to recognize the Republicans and gaveled out the session without further action.
“How can you not read the names?” one member yelled. Another exclaimed: “Turn your back on our country.”
The move by the Democrat-controlled House did not surprise Republicans. The attempt to introduce the bill was primarily symbolic and was intended to gather support for the bill when the House returns to session on September 20.
At a press conference held following the session, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said:
“We listened to Gen. McKenzie say, ‘American troops have left Afghanistan, but we did not get out everybody we wanted to get out.’
“I heard the Pentagon say, ‘The time just wasn’t there to get more Americans out.’
“But let me be crystal clear. This isn’t the U.S. government’s timeline. It’s the Taliban’s timeline.”
‘Simple Question’: Kevin McCarthy Wants To Know How Biden Plans To Get Americans Out Of Afghanistan (Forbes Breaking News) https://t.co/hOe3qnJ86E
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks at a press conference with other House Republicans about Afghanistan and a proposed bill to mand…
— Деловидение (@delovidenie) August 31, 2021
The last American troops departed Afghanistan on August 30, minutes before the deadline set by President Biden. After the withdrawal of American troops was completed, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby acknowledged that American citizens were left behind:
“Americans and other individuals that want to be able to leave Afghanistan after our withdrawal is complete, the State Department is going to continue to work across many different levers to facilitate that. We do not anticipate a military role in that.”
McCarthy then called out Speaker Nancy Pelosi for allowing the House to end the session with consideration of the bill:
“Now is not the time to act like you could not see us on the floor. Now is not the time to hide. We are a co-equal branch.”
McCarthy said that the Biden administration’s handling of the withdrawal was a massive failure:
“I believe right now we should get every American home. I believe there should be accountability for what I — what I see is probably the biggest failure in American government on the military stage in my lifetime.”
He followed up with:
“We can never make this mistake again.”
In a Tweet the same day, McCarthy wrote:
“Democrats just blocked a vote to require a plan from President Biden to bring Americans home and to account for all the military equipment he left behind.
“Republicans will not stop until every American is home safely.”
BREAKING → Democrats just blocked a vote to require a plan from President Biden to bring Americans home and to account for all the military equipment he left behind.
Republicans will not stop until every American is home safely. https://t.co/lM5tMpQz3D
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 31, 2021
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) said he plans to call the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to brief Congress on the failed withdrawal:
“Committee Republicans invited the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to brief Congress today, and I appreciate his willingness to come forward and his commitment to testify before the full Committee in the coming weeks.”
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