In addition to the students, another 19 family members have made it back. However, a mother and four children are still in Afghanistan and efforts continue to bring them home.
Issa met with rescued families on Thursday afternoon in El Cajon. He was joined by Cajon Vallely Superintendent David Miyashiro and El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells.
“My team and I set a goal to bring Americans stranded in Afghanistan home — meeting and speaking with the families and children we were able to help escape was an honor and a testament to the tireless work of our team,” Issa said.
“While this extraordinary gathering was a joyous welcome for these families, it only furthered my determination to bring the remaining stranded Americans back home to their loved ones,” he added.