A 19-year-old unvetted Afgan evacuee was arrested and charged with raping an 18-year-old woman at a Residence Inn by Marriott in Missoula, Montana, last week, according to local reporting by KGVO.
The defendant, Zabihullah Muhmand, claims to be on a “worldwide trip from Afghanistan.” He was in Montana under “Humanitarian Parole” when he allegedly invited the woman to his hotel room and raped her.
The Humanitarian Parole program is not part of the standard Special Immigrant Visa program, which requires some level of vetting before an entry visa is issued.
Republican Montana Governor Greg Gianforte said that the case and other problems give him “serious concerns” about the Biden administration’s lack of adequate vetting of Afghans entering the country.
Gianforte said that he welcomes properly vetted Afghan allies to his state. Still, he called on President Biden to “immediately halt resettlements” in Montana until he is provided “adequate assurance” of full vetting according to federal law.
The question remains whether any level of vetting can protect American women from Afghan men who come from a culture that deems women of lower status than men and submits them typically to physical abuse.
Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) said that the Afghans “do not share our culture and values,” and the alleged horrific ravishment shows the evacuees “represent a serious risk to our communities.”
The continuing fallout from Biden’s chaotic withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan is hitting cities and towns across the country. The rushed process of allowing evacuees to enter the U.S. without Special Immigrant Visas or any other standard immigration procedures leads to immediate problems. The larger question of whether Afghan men could ever peacefully coexist with American culture, whatever level of vetting is used, remains unanswered.
Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) said in an email to KGVO that Biden has “failed to provide answers as to who has come into the country.” Daines added that he has spoken with Gov. Gianforte and stands with him in calling for the resettlement of Afghans to Montana to stop immediately “until we get answers.”