Refugee resettlement agencies preparing to close US offices: report

Refugee resettlement agencies preparing to close US offices: report

More than 20 refugee resettlement offices are slated to close and dozens of others will scale back operations after the Trump administration called for fewer refugees to be admitted to the U.S., Reuters reported Wednesday

The State Department has informed refugee resettlement agencies that the maximum number of refugees admitted will decrease from 110,000 to 45,000 this year. As a result, there is no longer a need for all of the 324 resettlement offices that were operating at the end of 2017, according to news service.

“The changes will consolidate smaller affiliates, reduce costs and simplify management structures to help the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program run in a way that is fiscally responsible and sustainable in the long term,” State Department spokeswoman Cheryl Harris told Reuters. 

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The offices typically provide services to refugees for up to five years to help them adjust to life in the United States. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE announced last September that he would set the refugee cap for 2018 at 45,000, the lowest ever for resettlement. The administration cited public safety and national security as the reasons for the limitation. 

The Trump administration has sought to limit the number of refugees coming to the U.S. since roughly a year ago, when it issued its first ban on refugees from certain majority-Muslim countries.

Courts later struck down that refugee ban, and the administration issued a new one later in 2017.