Unvetted Afghans with Criminal Ties Detained in Germany and The U.S.

On their way to Germany, several Afghan refugees have been detained by law enforcement for various reasons. Some refugees presented false paperwork, and others were previously deported criminals.

According to Deutsche Welle, “ One is in custody, two are still in the care of the police at the airport. Three had forged documents with them, and four had already been deported from Germany to Afghanistan as criminals. These were serious crimes.”

This news from Germany follows a report from Monday in which a convicted rapist boarded a refugee flight and made it to America. Ghader Heydari, a 47-year-old, made it on to an Ethiopian Airlines charter flight to Washington D.C.

Border agents spotted his criminal and immigration history and flagged him at Dulles International Airport. The Washington Times reports, “He is being held at the Caroline Detention Facility in Bowling Green, Virginia.”

It is still unclear as to how Heydari gained a path to entry. It is unlikely he has a Special Immigrant Visa or is considered a refugee, considering his immigration history. In 2010 a man with the same name and age as Heydari was convicted of rape in Ada County, Idaho. He served more than five years in state prison and was released in December 2015. In 2016 he was ordered to be deported, and in 2017 he was removed from the U.S.

Many Afghans have been let into the U.S. through the power of parole. Parole is special permission to enter based on extreme humanitarian cases. Ken Cuccinelli, the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security for the Trump Administration, said, “They are bringing far too many people in far too quickly to be able to effectively vet them.”

Rep. Thomas P Tiffany toured Fort McCoy in his home state, Wisconsin, and noted that of the 2,000 Afghans, not one was an SIV holder. Rep Tiffany said, “ I still do not have a clear idea of the vetting process. They say that people are fully vetted, but we ask what does that mean? [They said] We take biometric data, those types of things, but I said what do you tie it back to?”

Approximately 100 of the Special Immigrant Visa Holders had issues during security screenings, and one had potential ISIS ties. According to Defense One, “ The Defense Department’s Automated Biometric Identification System has flagged up to 100 of the 7,000 Afghans evacuated as prospective recipients of Special Immigration Visas as potential matches to intelligence agency watch lists.”


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