Afghan Refugees Start Arriving At Wisconsins Fort McCoy WCCO

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FORT McCOY, Wis. (AP) — Afghan refugees person begun arriving astatine Fort McCoy successful occidental Wisconsin for impermanent lodging and enactment aft their location state fell to the Taliban.

According to a connection from the Army base, Afghans with peculiar migrant visa applicants, their families and different individuals astatine hazard began arriving astatine the basal Sunday arsenic portion of the continuing U.S. airlift. This is successful summation to Afghans presently undergoing processing astatine Fort Lee, Virginia. More arrivals are expected successful the coming days.

Fort McCoy spokeswoman Cheryl Phillips said refugees are flying into Volk Field Air National Guard Base and being transported to Fort McCoy, which is located betwixt Tomah and Sparta, astir 100 miles northwest of Madison.

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It was not instantly wide however galore refugees Fort McCoy volition beryllium receiving. However, 1,000 soldiers from the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve are assembling astatine Fort McCoy to supply support.

Fort McCoy is 1 3 subject installations successful the U.S. approved by the Department of Defense for impermanent housing. U.S. Northern Command is moving to physique further capableness astatine the Wisconsin base, arsenic good arsenic astatine Fort Lee, Fort Bliss successful Texas, and perchance different bases.

The past clip Fort McCoy served arsenic a exile halfway was successful 1980, erstwhile it housed 14,000 Cubans who fled Fidel Castro’s government.

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