UPDATED 9:06 AM PT – Sunday, September 5, 2021
As reports emerge of male Afghan refugees arriving in the U.S. with child brides, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has raised concerns. In a statement on Friday, the Texas Republican said the findings have been horrifying to see and called out Joe Biden for having no plan for a secure withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“There have been multiple cases of child brides and polygamous families from Afghanistan arriving at military bases here in America as part of their botched evacuation,” said Cruz.
The Texas Republican said he argued for refugees to face additional vetting in separate countries and accused Biden of allowing a human rights crisis to enter the U.S. This comes amid an influx of minor females who were entering the U.S. stating they were married to adult Afghan men, according to an internal State Department document.
Horrifying. Joe Biden has imported a human rights catastrophe into America. How is this not literally child trafficking, conducted by the United States government? https://t.co/OT5gzUOwDR
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 3, 2021
Reports have said there have been multiple cases where young Afghan girls had been forced into marriages in order to escape Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover. In a letter to Biden signed by 26 GOP senators, they estimated more than 57,000 Afghans were evacuated who aren’t U.S. citizens, green card holders or eligible for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV).