Wisconsin lawmakers visit Fort McCoy

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LA CROSSE, Wisc. (WLAX) — Members of Wisconsin’s House toured Fort McCoy Friday to see were Afghan refugees eat, take phone calls, and where children play.

Rep. Scott Fitzgerald called the facility “a reception station” for arriving refugees.

Those arriving at Fort McCoy must go through at least two stages of vetting; first in their home countries and the second is at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. By the time they reach the Wisconsin base, they have been granted parolee status.

Many of the refugees at Fort McCoy are in the process of obtaining a special immigrant visa.

“All of us are united behind the idea of we should not leave any Americans behind, behind enemy lines, in Afghanistan,” Rep. Mike Gallagher said commenting on Biden’s decision to stick with the Aug. 31 evacuation date. “That is an unacceptable situation for the United States of America and it’s going to undermine our security for months, if not years to come.”

House members were told refugees will most likely spend approximately two to four weeks at Fort McCoy before they are cleared to leave the base on sponsorship.

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