RED ALERT: Homeland Security On HIGH ALERT- Look Who Just Went Missing In The U.S.! IT’S BAD

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A new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reveals that over 150 Afghan troops brought to the U.S. for military training have gone AWOL since 2005, with 13 of them still unaccounted for and perhaps living here as illegal immigrants now. 

Part of the problem is that the U.S. never puts the trainees through an in-person interview and exempts them from registering as aliens when they arrive — both steps that other visitors would normally have to go through,  at The Washington Times reported.

In-person interviews and requiring the troops to register beforehand would help the government gauge whether someone is likely to go absent without leave, and would give immigration officers information about relatives in the U.S. as starting points when someone does go AWOL, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said.

We found that nearly half of all foreign military trainees that went AWOL while training in the United States
since 2005 were from Afghanistan (152 of 320). Of the 152 AWOL Afghan trainees, 83 either fled the United
States after going AWOL or remain unaccounted for. We also found that these instances of AWOL may have
negative consequences, both for Afghanistan and the United States. For example, we found that the increasing
instances of AWOL since 2015 may have had a negative impact on operational readiness of Afghan National
Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) units and the morale of fellow trainees and home units, and posed
security risks to the United States.

To help prevent Afghan trainees in the United States from going AWOL in the future, we suggest that
Department of Defense (DOD) mentors in Afghanistan work closely with the Ministry of Defense (MOD) and
Ministry of Interior (MOI) to develop processes and procedures that increase the likelihood that ANDSF
personnel returning from training in the United States will be placed in positions that take advantage of their
newly acquired skills. Additionally, to improve coordination between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), and to help prevent AWOL trainees who may
pose a threat to U.S. national security from remaining in the United States, we suggest that USCIS and ICE
develop policies or procedures that will ensure improved communication between the two agencies throughout
the investigatory and potential asylum processes, such as requiring ICE to include important case information
in the TECS system immediately upon initiating an investigation into AWOL Afghan trainees. Finally, given the
demonstrated propensity of Afghan trainees to go AWOL while training in the United States, when compared to
trainees of other nations, we suggest that State, in coordination with DOD and the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS), (a) determine whether requiring all Afghan trainees to complete an in-person interview prior to
being granted an A-2 visa would help to mitigate AWOL occurrences or assist in ICE investigations when AWOLs
occur, and (b) review the policy of exempting Afghan military trainees from provisions pertaining to registration
as alien residents in the United States, as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1201, and evaluate the benefits of providing
greater granularity on biographical and background information for all Afghan security trainees in the United

We maintain that in-person interviews may provide valuable information
regarding the likelihood of a trainee to abscond from training in the United States, and additional information
(e.g. the names and addresses of friends and family members living in the United States) that, if shared with
ICE, may be helpful in their investigative work. Regarding our suggestion that the Department review the policy
of exempting Afghan military trainees from provisions pertaining to registration as alien residents in the United
States and evaluate the benefits of providing greater granularity on biographical and background information
for all Afghan security trainees in the United States, the Department neither agreed nor disagreed.
Nevertheless, it is clear that Afghan trainees go AWOL while in the United States at a far higher rate than do
trainees from any other country, and we believe that the State Department (as well as other government
agencies) should use all the tools at their disposal to reduce these occurrences and ensure that Afghan
trainees return to Afghanistan and make use of the substantial U.S. taxpayer investment in training. Finally, the
State Department disagreed with the phrasing used in our draft report related to improving coordination
between USCIS and ICE. Accordingly, we revised the suggested action.

As of March 7, 2017, the status of the 152 Afghan trainees who went AWOL included: 70 who fled the United
States; 39 who gained legal status in the United States; 27 who were arrested, removed, or being processed
for removal from the United States; 13 who were still AWOL or remained unaccounted for; and 3 who were no
longer AWOL or returned to their U.S.-based training. 

The State Department and Homeland Security said they don’t think there’s a reason to be concerned.

State officials said they don’t want to do in-person interviews before issuing visas to Afghan troops, and said they’re not convinced of the importance of full registration either.

State also said there’s no reason to improve communication with Homeland Security, saying they fear it would “potentially be at odds with our international commitments” on asylum.

Homeland Security said it would be improper for its own agencies to share information about someone applying for asylum.

Frank Lea at Freedom Daily has this:

It’s slightly bizarre to see Afghan soldiers fly to America, then flee the country. Almost 40 Afghan troops gained legal status in America, which is great because they followed the laws – thank you for that. Learning that 3  soldiers returned to duty is very noble and let’s hope they remain loyal to the job they signed up for.

What is definitely alarming is that State officials do not want interviews or full registration. That doesn’t make much sense if you ask a regular everyday person. When your country brings soldiers from another country over for training, and they start disappearing, then it’s time to take roll more effectively than ever. One simply does not permit random people into their country and not keep tabs on them.

Call it crazy, but they may want to consider the interviews and full interviews with which one might determine the soldier is bound to haul off once they hit pay dirt in America.

Should there be more strict vetting upon everyone entering the country? For the people who are against extreme vetting – how would you ensure someone entering American is safe to have as an overnight guest?

Pretty insane. What a freaking mess.



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