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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) failed to fully vet some of the nearly 80,000 Afghan citizens who were brought to the United States as part of the evacuation of Afghanistan that began in August 2021, potentially allowing individuals who pose a national security risk into the country, according to a government report.
The DHS’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit to determine the extent to which the department “screened, vetted, and inspected” the evacuees.
“We determined some information used to vet evacuees through U.S. Government databases, such as name, date of birth, identification number, and travel document data were inaccurate, incomplete, or missing,” the OIG said in its Sept. 6 report (pdf).
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