Thursday, September 30, 2021
This reads as a mix-up in bureaucratic red tape with some government incompetence sprinkled in. A charter plane carrying more than 100 Americans and U.S. green card holders evacuated from Afghanistan was denied U.S. landing rights by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The organizers of the flight, a non-profit called Project Dynamo, reported to Reuters that DHS “will not allow a charter on an international flight into a U.S. port of entry.” Bryan Stern, a founder of the group, said the denial came from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a department in DHS. The group is one that has risen to the challenge of assisting Americans and Afghan helpers stranded in Afghanistan. The Biden administration is not doing the job so groups of U.S. military veterans, current and former U.S. officials, and others are doing the work. In this case, DHS claims to not have knowledge of the situation.
Perhaps they could be dropped off in Tijuana and walk across the border.