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Former ICE director says Afghan criminals will be released onto U.S. streets

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Because no other country will take them, of course. Why would any country with even a modicum of a sense of self-preservation do so? But nothing could possibly go wrong. The Afghan criminals will help us celebrate diversity.

“Afghan criminals will be released into U.S., former ICE director says,” by Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, October 30, 2022:

Mohammad Tariq came to the U.S. as an Afghan evacuee. Now he is sitting in a Homeland Security Department detention facility while officials try to find out whether any other country is willing to take him off their hands.

Tariq pleaded guilty to fondling a 3-year-old girl at the camp in Virginia where U.S. officials brought him. The incident violated the terms of his “parole” and made him a priority for deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Right now, ICE isn’t sending Afghans back to their home country. The chance that a third country will agree to take a sex abuser isn’t high, so Tariq will probably end up back on U.S. streets.

The same is true for Zabihullah Mohmand, who was charged with forcible sexual intercourse and was convicted of sexual assault, and Alif Jan Adil, who is serving a federal sentence for child pornography and abusive sexual contact with a juvenile.

ICE says it wants to deport both of them, but it’s not likely to happen, said Tom Homan, who spent decades at ICE and ran the agency under President Trump. He said the situation in Afghanistan and a Supreme Court decision dictate their fates.

Under a 2001 Supreme Court ruling, ICE has a limit on the length of detention for immigrants.

What is known as the Zadvydas ruling said immigration detention is an administrative procedure meant to facilitate deportation. If the government has no firm prospect of deportation after six months and cannot show exceptional national security or public safety reasons, then the person should be freed.

Mr. Homan said even rape or child molestation cases usually don’t meet that standard.

ICE declined to elaborate on its plans for the Afghans. Instead, the agency pointed a reporter to Homeland Security’s general webpage for the Afghan airlift and welcome operation.

The agency did say in a statement that it was neither targeting nor granting leniency to anyone and that it makes decisions “regardless of nationality.”…

ICE halted deportations to Afghanistan during the Taliban takeover. Axios reported one deportation in February. A month later, Homeland Security announced Temporary Protected Status, effectively a deportation amnesty, for Afghans who were in the U.S. by March. Under TPS, the administration concluded that Afghanistan was too mired in chaos to accept returning nationals….

Nearly 80,000 evacuees were brought out of Afghanistan and to the U.S. under a special “parole” program during the Biden administration’s airlift operation.

The administration’s stated intent was to rescue allies who assisted the U.S. during its 20-year war effort.

In reality, many of those flown out of Afghanistan had no such connection and were instead Kabul residents lucky enough to get through the Taliban cordon and reach the airport….

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