The Biden administration reportedly keeping a flight from Afghanistan with dozens of Americans and U.S. green card holders from landing in the country. The group leading the flight accused the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of refusing to give clearance for the charter flight to land in the U.S.
According to The Daily Wire:
“They will not allow a charter on an international flight into a U.S. port of entry,” said Project Dynamo founder Bryan Stern. By Tuesday morning, Stern, who is aboard the blocked flight, had made it out of Kabul to an airport in Abu Dhabi.
Stern said the flight had been stuck on the ground for at least 14 hours awaiting clearance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The flight is carrying 117 people, including 59 children.
“An administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were unfamiliar with the matter, but that the U.S. government typically takes time to verify the manifests of charter planes before clearing them to land in the United States,” the Reuters report said.
A DHS spokesperson told The Daily Wire in a statement, “all U.S.-bound flights must follow the established safety, security, and health protocols before they are cleared for departure. This process requires flight manifests to be verified before departure to the U.S. to ensure all passengers are screened appropriately.”
The Biden administration has been vague regarding the exact number of Americans remaining in Afghanistan. The administration’s incompetence has sparked multiple volunteer groups to organize evacuations for individuals trying to leave the country under the control of the Taliban.