Ted Cruz: Poor Vetting Of Afghanistan Refugees Could Be ‘Invitation’ To Terror Attacks


Sen. Ted Cruz had stern warnings for the Biden administration Friday over its handling of the ensuing Afghanistan crisis, arguing the United States’ executive leadership is opening the door to additional terror attacks at home and abroad.

“I’m very concerned that the Biden administration is bringing tens of thousands of refugees into the United States without thoroughly vetting them,” Cruz, R-Texas, told reporters Friday in El Paso. With more refugees coming to the U. S. by the day, Cruz claimed insufficient vetting “is an invitation to terrorist attacks here in the United States.”

He also took aim at President Biden’s push to stick to the administration’s Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline, with indications that hundreds of Americans remained in Afghanistan Friday. “We cannot be abandoning Americans, we can’t surrender to the demands of terrorists,” he said.

The Fort Bliss army post in Texas is ill-equipped to handle a flood of refugees, the senator charged. “If 10,000 refugees arrive [to Fort Bliss], every one of those 10,000 can choose to leave tomorrow,” Cruz said.

“There’s no fence. There’s no gate,” he continued, saying Fort Bliss leadership told him one of the refugees simply dialed an Uber driver and rode off to El Paso.

The Texas senator denied he’s wholly against Afghan refugees entering the country, but said the management of the influx concerned him. “I agree with getting them out of harm’s way. I just think we ought to be getting them to a safe, neutral third country rather than making the United States vulnerable and when the vet… (Read more)

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