Some Afghans are using American passports in attempts to be approved for resettlement in the United States, NBC News reports.
At the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, NBC News reports officials from the State Department have detailed five cases in which Afghans have tried to use fraudulent American passports to gain access to flights bound for the United States.
Additionally, NBC News reports that the airport in Kabul is not conducting vital biometric screening of Afghans seeking to come to the United States.
NBC News reports:
Vetting at Hamid Karzai International Airport is complicated by the fact that biometric screening isn’t available, according to an internal State Department memo obtained by NBC News. The U.S. mission team reported at least five cases of Afghans who presented U.S. passports that didn’t belong to them, according to the Sunday dispatch from the Afghanistan Task Force, highlighting fraud concerns and complicating the process of screening people to enter the airport. [Emphasis added]
State officials with the CIA, the Pentagon, and members of Congress are outraged that the U.S. will not stay in Afghanistan longer to evacuate more Afghans to resettle across the U.S, the NBC News report continues.
NBC News reports:
“People are furious and disgusted,” said a former U.S. intelligence official who declined to be quoted by name. A defense official said he grew nauseated as he considered how many Afghan allies would be left behind. [Emphasis added]
At the CIA, “officers feel a real sense of obligation, moral obligation, and personal obligation” to the Afghans they supported and trained, said former CIA Director John Brennan, an NBC News national security consultant.
The Biden administration argues the Afghans are undergoing background checks before arriving in the United States; however, “humanitarian parole” is set to be provided to about 50,000 Afghans. This will allow them to come to the U.S. without a secured visa and without finalizing their immigration processing.
After having humanitarian parole for a short time, the thousands of AFghans would be allowed to adjust their status. Likely, many would take advantage of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to remain in the U.S.