Convicted Rapist on Afghan Evacuation Flight Reaches US as Thousands Americans are Still Stranded

As hundreds, if not thousands of Americans remain trapped in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden is letting anyone into the United States including a man out of Afghanistan who is a convicted rapist.

“When American citizens were having trouble catching flights out of Kabul, Ghader Heydari made it on an Ethiopian Airlines charter flight for evacuees,” The Washington Times’s Stephen Dinan reported. “Border officials flagged the 47-year-old on his arrival at Washington Dulles International Airport. They appear to be the first to have spotted his criminal and immigration history and derailed his entry.”

Heydari, according to the report, is being held at the Caroline Detention Facility in Bowling Green, Virginia and it is completely unclear how he was able to get into the country.

“That leaves parole, a power the homeland security secretary has to grant admission to the U.S. in exceptional humanitarian cases,” the report said. “Most Afghans evacuated to the U.S. appear to be parolees rather than having official immigration status.”

Dinan explained that he was previously told by a senior administration official that evacuees were undergoing a strict security screening outside of the States before they were allowed in however that appears to not have been taking place considering Heydari was able to get in despite being a convicted rapist.

The Times continued:

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Heydari came to the U.S. as a refugee sometime in the previous century and was granted a green card in 2000. A man whose name and age match Heydari‘s pleaded guilty to rape in Ada County, Idaho, in 2010. He served more than five years in a state prison and was released on supervision in December 2015, according to state records.

He was ordered deported by an immigration judge in 2016 and was removed in 2017. When Heydari arrived in the U.S. on the evacuation flight, officials tried to persuade him to cancel his request to enter, formally known as withdrawal of application for admission, but he appears to have refused.

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