EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – New Mexico Congresswoman Yvette Herrell visited El Paso and toured Fort Bliss on Wednesday.
Herrell, the U.S. Representative for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, shared that she was looking for details about the Afghan refugee coming to the United States, the vetting of individuals, and the recent assault of a female soldier at Fort Bliss by Afghan men.
“The only thing I learned today that I did not know the service member the female who had been assaulted is back at work but not working at the base camp the refugee camp the village the investigation is still ongoing and to be honest know I have not gotten the answers to my questions,” said Rep. Herrell.
Herrell telling KTSM 9 News not only does she want more transparency about the vetting process, but she also wants to know how many Americans are still in Afghanistan.
“The last report we had was between 200 and 9,000 so we really want clarity on whose left there,” said Herrell.
Herrell along with James Comer, a Republican of Kentucky and the ranking member of U.S. Congress’ Oversight and Reform Committee, called on the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security to review evacuee processes.
“Asking them now to get involved and push the Department of Homeland Security for these answers that not the only members of congress want but obviously the senate want as well,” said Herrell.
Herrell adding that she is proud of the men and women at Fort Bliss and other bases around the nation for the job they are doing.
“They have done just an amazing job of helping to alleviate the stress from the Afghan nationals that are here but we still have a lot of work to do, we need answers from Washington D.C.,” said Herrell.
Similar resettlement efforts are underway at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, Fort Lee in Virginia, Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst in New Jersey, Fort Pickett in Virginia, and other military facilities.
The refugees taken to Fort Bliss are actually being housed at the Doña Ana Range Complex in New Mexico, which is also in Herrell’s district.
Last month, Herrell toured the resettlement operations at Holloman Air Force Base on Tuesday near Alamogordo.