>> Reuters exclusively reporting that the US State Department has told refugee agencies it will sharply pair back the number of offices across the country that are authorized to resettle people in 2018. The move comes as President Trump cuts the number of refugees allowed into the United States. Reuters correspondent Yeganeh Torbati broke the story.
>> The State Department has told the heads of nine resettlement agencies that help basically resettle refugees inside the United States. It told them on December first that they are going to, essentially have to close potentially dozens of sites that take in refugees around the country. And the background to all of this is that for close to a year now, the United States has resettle far fewer refugees than it initially expected to.
And that's because once President Donald Trump came into office, he quickly took steps to cut the number of refugees coming into the United States. And because that number has been so drastically lower than it was in years past, now the State Department is taking action to essentially close up some of the resettlement sites that take in these refugees.
>> Refugee advocates said the decision will likely leave some refugees without access to services that help them integrate into American life, such as enrolling children in school, arranging doctors' visits, and applying for Social Security cards.>> It just shows that there's gonna be a long lasting impact from President Trump's decision to not allow in as many refugees.
What we're seeing basically now is sort of the second order impact of some of that infrastructure that resettlement agencies have worked for years to put into place. Some of that infrastructure is now being essentially taken apart in some ways.>> The Trump administration has not formally announced the decision to close some resettlement offices.
There are about 300 of them spread across 49 states, and advocates estimate several dozen are at risk. Those shattering plans will not be finalized until next year.>>