Every Wisconsin Republican voted against the original bill, while Sen. Tammy Baldwin ensured coverage extends to “K2” vets who served at a former Soviet base shortly after the 9/11 attacks.
The central Wisconsin city’s first Afghan refugees arrived in late December, with as many as 85 set to be settled there.
Matiullah Matie and his family have made it to Wausau after a perilous escape from the Taliban.
Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg hopes the Wausau community will be welcoming to the up to 85 Afghan refugees who will be resettled in the city.
Group of Democrats from Congress and the Legislature: “We can pay them back now” for supporting US troops in harm’s way.
Republicans have raised baseless concerns about whether Afghan refugees are being vetted, despite assurances from the White House.
At least 38 troops with Wisconsin ties were killed during Operation Enduring Freedom.
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