During an interview with Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace, Republican Senator Ben Sasse ruffled some feathers when he declared that Afghan refugees being resettled in the United States are "welcome" in his neighborhood.
Sasse argued that Americans have an obligation to bring 60,000 to 80,000 Afghans over for permanent resettlement.
“We’re talking about heroes who fought with us to take the fight to Al Queda and the Taliban,” he said about the thousands of Afghans currently applying for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) and P-2 visas.
Sasse then blasted the Biden administration for not fast tracking their resettlement, "Number two, the administration has been way too slow to get people out of harm’s way. They can get them to Kuwait, they can get them to Qatar, they can get them to Bahrain, they can get them to Ramstein in Germany and sort through the larger processing and bureaucratic issues there."
Sasse also suggested he would like the Biden administration to resettle Afghans in his neighborhood, saying “when you fought on behalf of Americans to protect our people, you’re welcome in my neighborhood.”
Thus far, at least 10 Republican governors have urged Biden to resettle Afghans in their states, including South Carolina’s Henry McMaster, Maryland’s Larry Hogan, Massachusetts’ Charlie Baker, Utah’s Spencer Cox, Georgia’s Brian Kemp, Arkansas’ Asa Hutchinson, Arizona’s Doug Ducey, Iowa’s Kim Reynolds, Oklahoma’s Kevin Stitts, and Vermont’s Phil Scott.
Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance has said the Biden administration ought to be focused on evacuating likely thousands of stranded American citizens out of Afghanistan before it even begins to vet Afghans for resettlement across the U.S.
Here is my message to Ben Sasse and other establishment Republicans who seem to care more about bringing 30,000 unvetted Afghan refugees into our country than getting our own people out safely. pic.twitter.com/PSfoc2swdC
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) August 23, 2021
“The question is not whether we honor our word, the question is who we made promises to, who do we owe an obligation toward,” Vance addressed Sasse in the video. “And to any leader in this country, the obvious answer should be American citizens. So let’s focus first on getting them out of Afghanistan before we say another word about the Afghan refugees."
I couldn't agree more. Get Americans out first.
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