July 24, 2023

Senators attempt to sneak Afghan green card effort into Defense bill

A group of Democratic and Republican senators is pushing a green card giveaway for Afghans into the Defense Department spending bill.

The push follows the Biden administration's effort to bring tens of thousands of Afghans into the U.S. in 2021 as part of the nation's military departure from Afghanistan.

"Last week, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) reintroduced the Afghan Adjustment Act to give green cards to most of the Afghans brought to the U.S. by the Biden administration," Breitbart News reported.

"Now, the senators are hoping to slip the green card giveaway into the year-end National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) through an amendment proposed by Klobuchar," it added.

The move comes after the Biden administration's continued refusal to provide documents related to the controversial departure from Afghanistan.

“I have repeatedly asked for documents from the Biden administration’s chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal," reporter Jerry Dunleavy wrote.

"The State Department’s continued refusal to produce files relating to the After-Action Review is another blatant attempt to hide the Biden administration’s culpability in the chaotic and deadly evacuation from Afghanistan. I have no choice but to issue a subpoena," he added.

In addition, the green card effort was blocked last year in a similar attempt by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

The efforts to sneak in the green card program would allow many of the Afghans temporarily in the nation to stay long-term, doing so with taxpayer funding from the defense bill.

The new move is a controversial one, and some Republicans are likely to push back against it again before the bill is finalized.

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