(PresidentialWire.com)- In October, one of the Afghans flown out of Kabul and brought to the United States was arrested and charged with the rape of an 18-year-old girl in Missoula, Montana.
According to charging documents, Zabihullah Mohmand, 19, met the girl at the Badlander bar in downtown Missoula and took her to his hotel room nearby. The unnamed accuser alleges that Mohmand forced himself on her and raped her when they arrived at his hotel room.
Mohmand contends the sex was consensual.
State officials confirmed that Mohmand was involved with the federal Afghan resettlement efforts in Montana and Governor Greg Gianforte said that Mohmand did not have Special Immigrant Visa status.
Gianforte, along with Congressman Matt Rosendale (R-MT), is calling for a re-evaluation of the vetting process before further resettlement efforts in Montana are allowed to continue.
In a press conference after Mohmand’s arrest, Gianforte called on the Biden administration to make sure that these refugees are fully vetted. He asked the White House to halt the placement of refugees in the state until the administration can assure state officials that the people they are sending there have been appropriately screened.
Congressman Rosendale said in an interview that this alleged rapist isn’t an SIV recipient but a humanitarian parolee. He said the case in Missoula highlights the need to have better accounting on just who the Biden administration is bringing into the country.
Montana Senator Steve Daines said in a statement that the response from the Biden administration concerning this case has been insufficient. Daines demanded detailed information about Mohmand’s vetting and screening process before he was settled in Montana.
Daines colleague, Democrat Senator Jon Tester, called the incident deeply disturbing and in a statement reaffirmed his position that all Afghan refugees brought into the US must first be fully vetted.
Mohmand is scheduled to appear for arraignment on November 1.
Meanwhile, according to Robert Law at the Center for Immigration Studies, sources within the Department of Homeland Security have told him that DHS has decided not to rescind Mohmand’s Employment Authorization Document at this time.