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Democrats say Fort McCoy refugees are being properly vetted

Fort McCoy Wisconsin
Posted at 11:58 AM, Sep 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-08 12:58:24-04

SPARTA, Wis. (AP) — Several Democratic members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation who toured Fort McCoy say they're confident Afghan refugees arriving at the Wisconsin base are being properly vetted before they resettle across the country.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and U.S Reps. Ron Kind and Mark Pocan toured the base in Monroe County on Tuesday with several Democratic state lawmakers. Kind said evacuees were undergoing a "multi-layered" process that includes biometric screening.

Fort McCoy is one of eight U.S. military bases that's temporarily housing Afghans who have fled their country after the recent collapse of the government to the Taliban.

The base can host up to 13,000 refugees and as of Friday, more than 8,700 people had arrived.