Afghan refugees brought to U.S. by President Joe Biden's policies subjected aid workers helping them resettle to "racism and sexism" as well as "verbal abuse," a new federal report alleges.
More than 86,000 Afghans have been resettled in the U.S. since the military pullout from the country last year, and most of them were not screened or vetted before resettlement took place.
Some of the NGOs the government contracted with to resettle the Afghans included Church World Service; Ethiopian Community Development Council; Episcopal Migration Ministries; Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society; International Rescue Committee; Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants; and World Relief.
Some Afghans refused to work with female or minority aid workers, and many became frustrated with the process, which led them to be verbally abusive to those who were trying to help them.
The report stated that refugees had unrealistic expectations about resettlement, which may have contributed to the problems.
Some expected luxury housing or to be given money when they came. The lack of vetting has caused problems, including the deportation of one Afghan male in December 2022 after he was caught sexually abusing a three-year-old girl in the U.S.