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

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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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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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