FILE PHOTO: The US Department of Homeland Security emblem was taken on September 24, 2010 at the National Cyber Security and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in the suburbs of Arlington, Virginia, Washington. Reuters / Hyungwon Kang /
September 29, 2021
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Department of Homeland Security has been denied the right to land on a charter plane carrying more than 100 Americans and US green card holders evacuated from Afghanistan on Tuesday, flight organizers said. ..
“They don’t allow an international charter for US entry,” said Brian Stern, founder of the non-profit Project Dynamo, a ministry of customs and border protection.
Stern told Reuters in a chartered plane from Kama Air, an Afghan commercial airline. After arriving from Kabul, 117 people, including 59 children, are said to have been sitting at the Abu Dhabi airport for 14 hours.
His group was born out of an extraordinary network of US military veterans, current and former US officials, created last month to disrupt US evacuation operations and deem them poorly organized. It is one of several groups.
DHS did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were not familiar with the matter, but the US government usually takes time to land in the United States after scrutinizing charter aircraft declarations.
US President Joe Biden’s administration said last month the repatriation of Americans and green card holders who did not leave Afghanistan was a top priority in the US evacuation operation.
A senior State Department official said on Monday that the United States knows about 100 US citizens and legal permanent residents who are ready to leave Afghanistan.
According to Stern, Afghans who worked for the US government during the 20-year war in Afghanistan were granted six American, 83 green card holders and six US special immigrant visas.
He plans to transfer the passengers to an Ethiopian Airlines plane that is chartered for an onward flight to the United States, which he said will be sent to customs at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. is allowed. was there.
He said Customs changed customs clearance procedures at Dulles International Airport on the outskirts of Washington before denying the planes landing rights anywhere in the United States.
“I have a big, beautiful, huge and huge Boeing 787 and I can see it standing in front of me,” he said. “I have a crew. I ate dinner.”
Mr Stern said intermediaries in Kabul have been allowed by the Taliban-run Afghan Civil Aviation Authority to send charter flights to repatriate passengers from Kabul airport.
(Reporting by Jonathan Lande; Editing by Scott Malone and Stephen Coates)