Republican Study Committee pledges to fight 'dangerous open border' Afghan refugee plan

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FIRST ON FOX: The Republican Study Committee is telling its members that it will fight against a proposal by the Biden administration that allows for the tens of thousands of Afghans being brought in to quickly apply for permanent U.S. residency -- warning of a plan to "open our borders to a Taliban-run nation."
In a memo, obtained by Fox News, titled "The Dems' Dangerous Open Border Plan for Afghanistan," Chairman Jim Banks takes aim at language for "riders" included by the White House in a request for a continuing resolution (CR).

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"Those riders include $6.4 billion in funding for Afghan refugee resettlement and language that would give any unvetted Afghan national flown into the United States between July 31, 2021 and the end of the next fiscal year lifetime welfare and a path to citizenship," the memo says.

The White House request would speed up processing and fund military bases where they are being processed. It also seeks to allow all refugees who come in from Afghanistan and are paroled into the U.S. to apply for a green card after a year of having entered the U.S. if they have entered any time between July 2021 and the end of September 2022.

This would mean any refugee who entered the U.S. in recent weeks would be eligible for a green card by this time next year. A green card holder can then apply for U.S. citizenship within a few years.

The memo raises concerns about background checks and screening, which specifies only that the refugees must complete the checks "in accordance with the policies and procedures put in place as part of Operation Allies Welcome (or any predecessor or successor operation) or equivalent background checks and screening."

"That's a glaring issue: There are no policies and procedures laid out in Operation Allies Welcome," the Republican memo says, warning that the vetting will "end up being what DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the man directly overseeing the crisis at the southern border, wants it to be."

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"The White House's proposed riders want to open our borders to a Taliban-run nation, and conservatives will fight this continuing resolution every step of…
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