While thousands of immigrants are pouring into the U.S. daily, bringing with them issues of COVID-19, human and drug trafficking, housing...the list goes on, the Biden administration has decided to help Tajikistan secure a portion of its border with Afghanistan.
There have been security threats in the area of the Tajikistan - Afghanistan border since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Kabul Monday.
In a press release on Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe announced a project has been launched to construct new facilities for a Border Service detachment along the Tajik-Afghan-Uzbek border, allowing Tajikistan's border troops to deploy more quickly in response to threats in the area.
"The United States and Tajikistan enjoy strong security cooperation, and this border detachment project is just another example of our shared commitment to the security and sovereignty of Tajikistan and Central Asia," Ambassador John Pommersheim said in a statement.
According to the press release, the project will break ground in early 2022. Once finished, the facility will house Tajikistan's border troops and their families.
Since 2002 the U.S. government has given over 300 million in border-related security assistance to Tajikistan, the release said.
A group of 26 Republican senators led by Sen Tom Cotton of Arkansas, issued a letter to President Biden Thursday in regard to the border crisis the U.S. is currently facing. In the letter the senators demanded Biden explain the vetting process for the thousands of evacuees being admitted into the U.S. since the military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
"What steps did your administration take to verify the identities of these individuals before evacuation?" the senators asked in the letter. "What steps are your administration taking to ensure that individuals are thoroughly vetted and their identities verified before entering the United States?"
The congressman claimed that he was shocked to learn that none of the refugees he encountered were Special Immigrant Visa applicants, who have to go through a thorough vetting process that can take up to two years.
"They were all there on parole," Tiffany said. "The parole authority is granted to the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He can just wave people in."
At the U.S. southern border, hundreds of thousands of migrants are pouring into the country every month. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced in August that 212,672 migrants were encountered at the southern border in July, a 13% increase over the tremendous 188,000 migrants already encountered in June. In comparison there were only 40,929 migrant encounters in July 2020.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton along with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich voiced serious concerns about terrorism at the southern border, calling on the Biden administraton to enforce exiting immigration laws.
"Make no doubt about it, people that mean American harm are crossing the southern border," Brnovich said.
According to a press release Tuesday, Brnovich is leading a coalition of 16 states to stop the administration's "Interim Guidance," which they argue "dramatically halts nearly all deportations and immigration-related arrests, including for those convicted of dangerous aggravated felonies."