Resettling Afghan Refugees: Who Bears the Responsibility?

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Posted: Oct 12, 2021 12:01 AM

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In the wake of our abrupt capitulation in Afghanistan, an uncertain – but substantial – number of Americans are stranded in that chaotic country. And Americans aren’t the only ones in harm’s way. The rapid collapse has displaced hundreds of thousands of desperate Afghans who fear the Taliban’s medieval rule.

Americans across the political spectrum can sympathize with their plight. The Biden administration has proposed bringing 50,000 Afghans to the United States as refugees. Progressive groups say that figure is too low – and are calling for hundreds of thousands instead.

But those numbers are absurd. The United States doesn’t have the capacity to process and thoroughly vet tens of thousands of Afghan refugees. Admitting them anyways would further jeopardize our national security.

One need look no further than the previous Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) and Direct Access P-2 Programs in Iraq to understand how ill-equipped we are to handle another massive influx of refugees. SIVs are designed for translators and interpreters who served

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