During the heated contention of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, the Biden administration snuck through a decision to lift a ban on entry into the United States. In theory, the lift will address issues related to Afghanistan, but security experts say there are dangerous consequences.
According to reports, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, State, and Attorney General consulted with one another and determined that the entry ban would not apply to individuals with little connection to a Foreign Terrorist Organization under regular social transactions. The decree did not mention specific terrorist groups like the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) but promised to assess whether individuals with little connection to terrorist groups do not pose “a national security or public safety risk,” leaving it vague as to which groups previously under the ban can now travel to the U.S.
Officials explained that individuals who satisfy the current agency authority and do not willingly and knowingly engage in terrorist activities on behalf of designated terrorist organizations will not be prevented from seeking entry into the U.S. and can even obtain immigration benefits. However, the decree by top Biden administration officials stated that this exercise of power could face revocation out of caution and without any notice or time.
National security analysts and experts explain the administration’s actions could prove to have severe consequences. Specifically, it could potentially make it easier for terrorist operatives to operate on American soil.
One issue pointed out is that the “State Department’s decree does not mention terrorist military training nor does it mention that it limits it to Afghanistan, making such actions incredibly broad.”
Terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda and the Islamic Republic have gained easy access to the United States and other western countries by disguising themselves as regular citizens. “The Biden administration has been reluctant to engage in sanctioning the Islamic Republic of Iran, given that U.S. officials are hoping to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran and not upset their Iranian counterparts in the negotiations” writes the Foreign Desk.