WASHINGTON- Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)distinguished member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Department of the defense Inspector General’s Office (IGO) report published today titled “Evaluation of Screening of Displaced Persons from Afghanistan.

“Following the Biden administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, I expressed concern about the administration’s lackluster efforts to screen evacuees flowing in from the terrorist refuge. According to a new report from the Pentagon watchdog, the situation is much worse than we thought. the Department of Defense (DoD) the inspector general’s office found that thousands of Afghans had not been properly screened using all available DoD data before arriving in the continental United States. The National Counterterrorism Center did not use all the data it should have had, leaving dangerous gaps in the selection process. And worse, the administration cannot locate some evacuees with problematic records who were released to the United States before their backgrounds were completed.

These processing issues pose serious national security and public safety concerns. JRelevant agencies should promptly implement the OIG’s recommendations. Congress shouldn’t even begin to consider proposals related to scanning immigration status changes for evacuees, like an Afghan adjustment law, until the The Biden administration, at the very least, guarantees the integrity of and fully responds to long-standing congressional oversight demands regarding the cheking process and resettlement of evacuees to treat. Anything less would be irresponsible.

The full report and summary of OIG findings are available HERE.