An Afghan refugee brought to the U.S. during President Joe Biden’s military withdrawal from Afghanistan has been convicted on Monday of sexual molestation of a three-year-old girl at an American military base.
The jury found Mohammad Tariq guilty in a case with a potential maximum sentence of life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for April.
The incident occurred in September 2021 at Camp Upshur on Marine Corp Base Quantico in Virginia.
Tariq is one of more than 75,000 Afghan refugees in the U.S. under Biden’s resettlement program. Refugees are being resettled in46 states by a $13 billion taxpayer-funded program.
So far, about 80 percent of America’s Afghan refugees have been resettled outside of military bases.
Over four-fifths of Afghan evacuees brought to the U.S. have been moved off military bases and into communities.
But without an Afghan Adjustment Act, they remain in legal limbo. https://t.co/XDiQYAqb8e
— National Immigration Forum (@NatImmForum) January 24, 2022
In addition to Tariq, other crimes have been reported at military bases by Afghan refugees.
U.S. DOJ: Two Afghan refugees federally charged for crimes while at Fort McCoy.
One accused of ‘strangling and suffocating’ his wife, the other accused of ‘attempting to engage in a sexual act with a minor using force’ pic.twitter.com/qivlJxnJqf
— Matt Smith (@mattsmith_news) September 22, 2021
The concerning case should lead to a close review of the vetting process of refugees as future plans are made.