US touts ‘rigorous’ Afghan evacuee vetting process amid GOP concerns

US touts ‘rigorous’ Afghan evacuee vetting process amid GOP concerns


The State Department proclaimed Thursday that refugees who have recently arrived in the US from Afghanistan are subject to a “rigorous” security check, but declined to say what happens to those who fail to pass muster — while more than two dozen Republican senators raised concerns that Afghans with criminal or terrorist pasts were flown out of the war-torn country in recent days.

“Before anyone who is evacuated from Afghanistan comes to this country, they undergo a rigorous vet from counterterrorism professionals, Homeland Security professionals, law enforcement professionals, with the aid and assistance of our Intelligence Community,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters during his regular briefing. “Unless and until they complete that vet, they will not be in a position to come to the United States.”

Price added that the State Department has “adequate facilities for individuals who are not yet in a position to come to the United States while they undergo that

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