Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy is preparing to receive Afghan refugees as the Taliban takes control of the Middle Eastern nation.
A Fort McCoy spokesperson said Monday the base is getting ready for any refugees. The defense department says up to 22,000 could come to the United States in the next three to four weeks.
DOD issued the following statement regarding receiving immigrants from Afghanistan:
“On Sunday, August 15th, Defense Secretary Austin approved two requests for assistance from the State Department to transport and temporarily house Afghan Special Immigration Visa applicants, their families, and other individuals at risk.
Under the first request, the Department will provide temporary housing, sustainment, and support inside the United States for up to 22,000 Afghan SIV applicants, their families and other at-risk individuals. The US Northern Command will coordinate details with the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as necessary. This support will be provided under Presidential Drawdown Authority to the maximum extent possible, with additional support being provided on a reimbursable basis.
Under the second request, the Department will provide protection, air transportation, and processing of up to 30,000 at-risk individuals from Kabul..”
Citizenship For 80,000 Afghans?
More than 80,000 Afghans want visas to come to the United States, according to an August 16 report in the Washington Post.
Columnist Josh Rogin reported:
The State Department is also dealing with more than 80,000 visa applications for Afghans who worked with the U.S. government or find themselves at risk, the official said.
The 80,000 population is in addition to the more than 2,000 Afghans who have already landed in the United States and is in addition to “an estimated 10,000 U.S. citizens in the country … [including] dual nationals or children of Americans who may not have the proper passport or visas,” Rogin reported.