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‘Tragically unsurprising’: DHS warns of potential white supremacist threats towards Afghan refugees

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“’We assess that the relocation of Afghan nationals to the US doubtless exacerbates [domestic violent extremists] grievances related to immigrants and Muslim communities and could lead on some to commit violence,’ the intelligence bulletin obtained by CBS Information reads,” tweeted reporter Nicole Sganga. The report stated that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas commented that “[w]e haven’t got a particular, credible menace, however we do see such chatter. It’s tragically unsurprising.”

That was the very same sentiment echoed by Tim Younger, press secretary for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). The resettlement company has been one of many foremost main advocates for Afghans allies and their households. “Disgusting however not solely unsurprising,” Younger tweeted. “I’ve obtained my justifiable share of hate mail, merely due to my nonprofit’s work to assist refugees, particularly these of Muslim religion.”

CBS Information additionally experiences that extremists have apparently rejoiced within the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. By no means stunning post-Jan. 6. Moreover, “[w]hite supremacist and anti-government teams espousing the ‘nice substitute’ concept sprung up on-line in August,” the report continued. If that sounds acquainted to you, that’s as a result of you may have heard of it fairly lately, with Fox Information by way of Tucker Carlson spouting it earlier this year. Proper-wing media has since taken up fearmongering over Afghan refugees, including an appearance by former White Home aide Stephen Miller on Carlson’s present. White supremacy layered on white supremacy, with a dollop of white supremacy on prime. 

The actual fact is that evacuating Afghan allies and households to the U.S. is overwhelmingly popular, with one recent survey showing 81% assist for permitting refugees to enter the U.S. Assist was highest amongst Democrats, at 90%. However assist was additionally excessive amongst independents and Republicans at 79% and 76%, respectively. Resettlement businesses and advocates have also said they’ve been inundated with volunteers and donations. Solely 19% total opposed, making them a small—although definitely annoyingly loud—group. However simply because this fringe group doesn’t characterize the vast majority of People doesn’t imply these households gained’t be underneath menace.

“Simply as we now have skilled assaults towards homes of worship and different places chosen as a result of they have been believed to be places the place immigrants have been gathering, we are actually evaluating the home terror menace setting, from the attitude of, might there be directed assaults at these being relocated right here?” DHS Performing Undersecretary of Intelligence and Evaluation John Cohen instructed CBS Information. 

“The U.S. evacuated greater than 65,000 Afghans, in line with numbers supplied by the Pentagon and the Division of Homeland Safety on Wednesday,” The Wall Road Journal reported. “Of these, about 24,000 have arrived within the U.S. since Aug. 17. One other 23,000 are on U.S. navy bases in Europe and 20,000 are in Asia.”

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