Much criticism has been levelled against President Joe Biden for his poorly-executed withdrawal of U.S. military personnel from Afghanistan. It has become one of the largest crises of his administration, rivaled by the ongoing crisis on the U.S. southern border.
With the main concern being whether the administration will be able to evacuate all U.S. citizens from the Middle Eastern country, there is also the question of how to protect the thousands of Afghans who have assisted America's military over the past 20 years.
"We don't know if these are people who provide material support for the United States effort there," says Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). "We don't know if these legitimately are refugees. We don't even know if they're security threats to the United States."
So Mehlman submits those individuals must be properly vetted before they are allowed into the United States.
"Which people legitimately deserve resettlement in the United States, and which ones can be better assisted through international relief organizations and provided protection outside of Afghanistan, but not necessarily resettled in the United States," he wonders.
The FAIR spokesman says these things should have been considerations before the troops left Afghanistan.
"But unfortunately, we're left scrambling now because of the ineptitude of this administration and the way they left," he laments.
FAIR warns in a related document that the situations in Afghanistan and at the U.S./Mexican border could merge together, "as recently-released Afghan terrorists will surely recognize the open southern border for what it is — an easy means of entry into the United States stacked on top of deeply-flawed legal immigration programs."