WASHINGTON- A leaked email obtained exclusively by Project Veritas from the Department of Homeland Security documents efforts by the Biden administration to hasten asylum requests amid the growing Afghanistan crisis.
“The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice (DOJ) are proposing changes to the current regulations relating to certain protection claims raised by individuals subject to expedited removal who are found to have a credible fear of expedition and torture,” the email, written by USCIS director Ur M. Jaddou states.
“These proposed changes are designed to accelerate the adjudication process for individuals in expedited removal proceedings who are seeking asylum, witholding of removal or protection under the Convention Against Torture,” the email continues. They are also designed to reduce the significant backlog in asylum claims pending with DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.”
The explosive developments came Wednesday as Joe Biden defended his administration’s execution of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, saying that he doesn’t think the crisis represented a failure on his administration’s part.
“I don’t think it was a failure,” Biden said in an interview with ABC News.
“When you had the government of Afghanistan, the leader of that government getting into a plane and taking off and going to another country,” he added. “When you saw the significant collapse of the Afghan troops we had trained, that was — you know I’m not — that’s what happened. That’s simply what happened.”
Republicans and Democrats alike have criticized Biden’s handling of the Afghan crisis.
A bipartisan letter drafted by 47 senators and sent to the White House on Monday called out Biden on the possible impact of his recent decision on endangered Afghan women.
“We strongly urge you to create a humanitarian parole category specifically for women leaders, activists, human rights defenders, judges, parliamentarians, journalists, and members of the Female Tactical Platoon of the Afghan Special Security Forces and to streamline the paperwork process to facilitate referrals to allow for fast, humane, and efficient relocation to the United States,” the letter stated.
Sen. Tom Carper, (D)-Del., said in a statement that the withdrawal of U.S. troops “should have been carefully planned to prevent violence and instability.”
“We must act swiftly to protect Americans and our Afghan allies and partners on the ground,” he said. “We cannot abandon those who fought by our side who now face mortal danger from the Taliban’s takeover. We have a moral obligation to act immediately to protect their lives and a national security imperative to ensure that Afghan soil does not again become a source of terrorist attacks on our allies and our homeland.”