On Friday, it was reported that Afghan refugees had assaulted a female service member at the Doña Ana Complex at Fort Bliss in New Mexico. “We can confirm a female service member supporting Operation Allies Welcome reported being assaulted on Sept. 19 by a small group of male evacuees at the Doña Ana Complex in New Mexico,” Fort Bliss Public Affairs said in a statement. “We take the allegation seriously and appropriately referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The safety and well-being of our service members, as well as all of those on our installations, is paramount.”
“Task Force-Bliss is also implementing additional security measures to include increased health and safety patrols, additional lighting, and enforcement of the buddy system at the Dona Ana Complex. We will cooperate fully with the FBI and will continue to ensure the service member reporting this assault is fully supported,” added the statement.
Congresswoman Yvette Herrell, who represents southern New Mexico, responded to the news, writing, “My prayers are with the courageous soldier and her family. This is yet another tragic failure in the vetting process for Afghan nationals. The American people deserve answers.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said, “Joe Biden made a decision to shove tens of thousands [of] people on planes to make it look like his botched evacuation was going well. The truth is he had no idea who he brought to the US. That’s why I led a letter today demanding accountability and answers.”
Other incidents have happened across the country with Afghan refugees. “In unrelated cases, two individuals have been charged with crimes while at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Bahrullah Noori, 20, is charged with attempting to engage in a sexual act with a minor using force against that person, and with three counts of engaging in a sexual act with a minor, with one count alleging the use of force. The indictment alleges that the victims had not attained the age of 16 years and were at least four years younger than the defendant,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin said Wednesday evening.
The news of the assault in New Mexico comes as embattled alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham toured the Fort Bliss facility in New Mexico on Friday, saying in a statement, “Whenever the federal government tells us they need our help, New Mexico is ready to help these families on their way.” The trip to the facility was not previously publicized but the Santa Fe New Mexican reports,“Her office said she walked through the processing area at Fort Bliss Army base, spoke with volunteers about the need for winter coats and other items for those at the facility and saw how the refugees were screened for COVID-19.”