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


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.