Matt Rosendale, Montana’s U.S. Representative, publicly blasts the Biden administration’s plan to re-house Afghan Refugees in Montana.
The Biden administration is looking to Montana to house a portion of the 60,000 Afghan refugees, leading Represenative Rosendale to address the decision in a series of tweets.
“Following the Biden Administration’s disastrously mismanaged withdrawal from Afghanistan, I warned that we could not use this Administration’s incompetence to justify flooding our communities with unvetted refugees,” Rosendale wrote.
“The traditional vetting process for these individuals is a 14-step procedure, that takes well over a year. The mass evacuation of over 100,000 Afghan nationals in a matter of weeks has made proper vetting of these individuals near impossible. At this time, it appears extremely unlikely the Biden Administration properly vetted the Afghan nationals being resettled in Montana.”
While many sites such as CNN are covering Rosendale’s comments, few are including the valid points Rosendale is raising, especially when it comes to vetting. How has the Biden administration properly vetted 60,000 incoming immigrants when the process takes well over a year? How will Montana, or any other state, foot the bill for Biden’s mismanagement of the Afghan withdrawal?
Rosendale reveals that he has offered solutions to the crisis, writing:
“I have advocated that we should try and settle these individuals in other countries around Afghanistan that share their values and culture, especially if we can not ensure proper vetting.”
Montana is not the only state that is expected to accept hundreds of Afghan immigrants, as Idaho has already taken in 400. While North Dakota is already housing several immigrants, South Dakota is one of four states not accepting refugees. Strangely enough, D.C. will not be accepting any immigrants at this time.
States such as Wisconsin and Texas are predicted to house the most immigrants, as the Pentagon announced Fort Bliss and Fort McCoy are among those with the building capacity, leaving residents to wonder how the influx of hastily vetted immigrants will affect their beloved communities.