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Sen. Blackburn says Afghan refugees ‘have not been vetted,’ brought ‘child brides,’ and aren’t SIVs



Marsha Blackburn Senator

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) blasted the Biden administration for not effectively vetting Afghan refugees. Instead, very few of the refugees accepted had Special Immigrant Visas. The Tennessee senator appeared on Fox Business’ Evening Edit Monday to talk about these refugees.

“These are individuals who have not been vetted. There is a very specific vetting process for our special immigrant visa holders,” Blackburn said. “But look, out of the people that they got out, that they were bragging about this as an extraordinary success, only 3% were visa holders. . . . And now, they’re trying to vet them on the back end.”

Meanwhile, Blackburn claims, some of these refugees haven’t toeing the law. She claims there are “men that are bringing in child brides. We have heard of these assault cases,” Blackburn said. “We know that that [an] indictment has been issued.”

But there’s no help from the Afghanistan government to vet these refugees. “You cannot call 1-800 Taliban and find out if somebody is who they claim to be,” Blackburn said. “Because your government institutions, your processes are basically nonexistent in Afghanistan, because the Taliban’s a terrorist group.”

Then on Tuesday, Blackburn tweeted that “Tennesseans are angry. We deserve answers regarding the failure in Afghanistan.” As a result of serving on the Senate Committee on Armed Services, she has the opportunity to question those leaders in charge of the withdrawal. In addition, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Join Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley and U.S. Central Commander General Kenneth McKenzie appeared for the hearing.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Trump, former Secretary of State chastise Biden for Iran exchange: ‘highly disturbing’




Former President Donald Trump and others have chastised the Biden administration for unfreezing billions of dollars for Iran in exchange for prisoners. On Monday Trump fumed over the “absolutely ridiculous 6 Billion Dollar Hostage Deal with Iran” and said it set a “terrible PRECEDENT for the future.”

“Once you pay, you always pay, & MANY MORE HOSTAGES WILL BE TAKEN. Our grossly incompetent ‘leader,’ Crooked Joe Biden, gave 6 BILLION DOLLARS for 5 people. Iran gave ZERO for 5. He’s Dumb as a ROCK!” Trump said.

Former Assistant Secretary of State Bobby Charles also criticized Biden. “It is disturbing beyond belief. You know, we try very hard to keep our emotional level heads, not allow ourselves to get worked up, but this is something worth getting worked up about,” Charles said in an upcoming interview on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show. “You know, to me, as a student of history. This is almost worse than Neville Chamberlain giving away Czechoslovakia to, you know, to the brown shirts led by Mr. Hitler.”

The Foreign Desk reports that while both sides released five prisoners each, the U.S. pushed to unfreeze $6 billion in Iranian assets in South Korea that had been frozen as part of the Trump administration’s sanction of Iranian oil purchases.

“At the end of the day, what you see here is $6 billion dollars being paid to the number one terrorist country in the world and the number one sponsor of terrorist organizations in the world in order to buy five hostages,” he went on. “What does that do? It immediately puts a price on every American head abroad; it immediately elevates the idea that Americans should be taken hostage and will be, that bad guys will be paid huge amounts of money by the federal government. But it’s also completely against American policy and the American law.”

“Look, appeasement has never worked in the history of nation states,” Charles continued. “And it doesn’t work even in interpersonal relations. And it definitely doesn’t work when you’re dealing with a terrorist organization and terrorist state.”

“This is the payment of American tax dollars in effect for hostages, and it is unconscionable, inappropriate, and in my view, illegal,” he concluded.

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