The Biden administration’s failure to keep its promise to resettle Afghan allies safely in the United States is undermining efforts to rescue tens of thousands of them left behind. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released a report citing bureaucratic dysfunction and understaffing that is impeding the government’s commitment to its allies. The SIGAR report also identifies serious risks to the more than $8 billion the U.S. has sent to the Afghan people since withdrawal in August 2021.
Republicans are holding the administration accountable for this humanitarian crisis, and Congress must provide meaningful oversight to prevent it from worsening. The U.S. has a moral obligation to keep its promises and ensure the safety of these brave individuals.
It’s time for the Biden administration to take responsibility for its failure and act immediately to rescue and resettle Afghan allies left behind. The government must balance the expedited processing of refugees with vetting for national security threats. The lives of these individuals are at stake, and the U.S. must honor its commitment to them.