Biden plans to allow some Afghan civil servants from the Taliban’s 1996-2001 regime to enter the US by exempting them from terrorism entry restrictions.
- Biden is planning to exempt civil servants who worked for the Taliban regime from 1996-2001 from travel restrictions related to terrorism in the US.
- The memo reads, “Many individuals who held civil service positions before the declaration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 1996 continued to do so.”
- It added: ‘Some did so under other circumstances of pressure or difficulty’
- The US has continued to evacuate Afghan civilians since a massive withdrawal in August, allowing the Taliban to rapidly take over the country
A new memo from the administration, reviewed and revealed in a report on Wednesday, shows that some Afghans employed by the Taliban government from 1996-2001 will not be subject to the same travel restrictions to the US as Other terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG).
‘Many persons who served in civil service positions prior to the proclamation of the Islamic Emirate Afghanistan It continued to do so after the announcement in 1996,’ the document says. ‘Some did so under pressure or other circumstances of difficulty.’
It continues, ‘Some have used their positions in humanitarian capabilities to undermine the repressive actions of the Taliban regime, often at great personal risk.’ ‘Some of these civil servants later worked for or helped the International Security Assistance Force, the US government or the Afghan government, established on December 22, 2001.
Exempt individuals will need to meet other background checks and screening requirements before they are allowed to circumvent terror-related travel restrictions in the US.
The Biden administration is looking to implement a new memorandum exempting civil servants who worked for the Taliban regime in the US from terrorism-related travel restrictions from 1996-2001.
The US continued to evacuate Afghan civilians from Afghanistan after a massive withdrawal in August, which allowed the Taliban to rapidly take over the country without the presence of foreign troops.
A Biden official told Fox that the new memo would not change existing screening and vetting procedures for everyone arriving in the US, noting that similar exemptions are granted with refugees from countries such as the Soviet Union and Cuba.
‘Effect [of the memo] is that people working as doctors, grade school teachers, civil servants or low-level government employees will not automatically be banned from entering the United States because they work in those occupations,’ the official said. said.
He also claimed that the status of the memo is at a ‘pre-decision’ stage.
President Biden’s team is still working to evacuate thousands of Afghans in the aftermath of the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) planning document describes how the Department of Homeland Security will issue the memorandum.
The waiver will come after the Taliban were able to rapidly gain control of Afghanistan after Biden withdrew all US forces from the country in late August to ensure that the Afghan government does not collapse.
The Islamic terrorist group was able to take over the country in less than two weeks.
The US and other countries are now grappling with how to handle the new leadership in Afghanistan after 20 years of conflict.
Biden was widely slammed for a return, leaving hundreds of American and thousands of Afghan allies stranded in Afghanistan as the Taliban took over the country.
In the chaos of the return to Kabul airport, 13 US service members were killed in a suicide bombing attributed to ISIS-K.
Since leaving, Biden has already repatriated thousands of Afghans to the US deemed ‘at risk’ because of the return.
The administration estimates that about 95,000 Afghans will be brought back to us during this fiscal year.