Feb 15, 2018

State Department to shutter dozens of refugee resettlement offices


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The State Department is planning to close refugee resettlement offices in more than two dozen states, cutting the total from 324 offices at the end of 2017 down to around 250 in 2018, reports Reuters.

The backdrop: The dramatic downsizing, which is still being reviewed by the State Department for final approval, follows President Trump's September decision to cap the number of refugees entering the U.S. this year at 45,000. The Obama administration had previously set a refugee ceiling of 110,000.

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