Sen. Blumenthal: Biden Doing ‘As Good a Job as Can Be Done' Vetting Afghan Refugees

Megan Williams | September 15, 2021 | 12:13pm EDT
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).   (Getty Images)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked if he was confident that the Biden administration was properly vetting Afghan refugees so that none will pose a threat in the U.S., Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said, “They are doing as good a job as can be done under the circumstances.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked the senator, “Are you confident the Biden administration has successfully identified and vetted the Afghans it brought into the country, and that none will pose a threat here?”

Blumenthal said, “They are vetting them, and I’m confident they are doing as good a job as can be done under the circumstances.”

According to the U.S. State Department, about 24,000 Afghans have been evacuated to the United States, and most of those are being housed on military bases. Another 23,000 Afghans are at U.S. bases in Europe, and 20,000 more Afghans are in Asia.

It is expected that at least 50,000 Afghans will be processed into the United States over the coming months, according to the Wall Street Journal, "but it may take weeks or months for them to arrive as they undergo security screenings."

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

In a Sept. 3 statement, House Rep. Chris Smith (r-N.J.) said, "In welcoming Afghan evacuees to the U.S. — and out of abundance of respect and concern for all Americans as well as genuine refugees — it remains absolutely essential that comprehensive and effective vetting occurs to ensure that no terrorist surreptitiously slips into any American community."

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