Will DHS address deficiencies in vetting? Don't count on it

Will DHS address deficiencies in vetting? Don't count on it

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

Will DHS address deficiencies in vetting? Don't count on it

An immigration reform group expects the current leadership of the Department of Homeland Security to ignore its own recommendations for doing the task for which it exists: keep America safe from external threats.

The DHS Office of Inspector General has released a new report identifying major gaps in the vetting process for illegal immigrants coming into and living in the U.S. Those major gaps raise concern about security threats.

Those gaps, according to the IG's report, include deficiencies in technology to determine an individual's identity and eligibility for asylum; inconsistent inspection procedures of vehicles at border crossing; identifying asylum seekers who stay in the country for an extended period while awaiting an asylum decision; and screening and vetting of "noncitizen travelers" at air and land ports of entry.

"Until the Department addresses these challenges, DHS will remain at risk of admitting dangerous persons into the country or enabling asylum seekers who may pose significant threats to public safety and national security to continue to reside in the United States," states the June 7, 2024, report.

The report includes a list of recommendations to deal with these deficiencies – including putting a continuous monitoring process in place for certain asylum applicants and updating screening requirements.

Advice: Stop making the problem worse

Media have reported numerous incidents of dangerous illegal immigrants entering the country over the porous U.S.-Mexico border. The most recent example highlighted in the media was of eight people released into the U.S. from Tajikistan who were suspected of having ties to ISIS.

Ira Mehlman, media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), cites another example – and offers a warning.

Mehlman, Ira (Federation for American Immigration Reform) Mehlman

"A few weeks earlier, there was a story about an Afghan national who was on the terror watchlist also was released into the United States. This happens over and over and over again," he laments. "… It's just a matter of time until this all literally blows up in our faces."

According to the report, more than 400,000 "affirmative asylum applicants" released into the U.S. were inadequately vetted.

"Something is going to happen, and there are going to have to be answers," Mehlman continues. "The best thing to do is to stop making the problem worse – to stop allowing people to come in, make asylum claims, and then just release them into the United States without any sort of meaningful vetting.

"But this Department of Homeland Security under Alejandro Mayorkas doesn't seem inclined to do that in spite of their own inspector general telling them that this is a grave threat to national security."

YourNews.com points to the fact that millions of illegal immigrants have entered the United States under the current administration.