Feds release $71.5M withheld during migrant crisis

AP News
Posted: Sep 18, 2014 8:22 PM

MIAMI (AP) — Groups that help refugees around the country are expressing relief after the federal government released $71.5 million in refugee service funds that were withheld in June to deal with the thousands of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border this year.

The Department of Health and Human Services notified the states Thursday that the money would be released because the flow of migrants had slowed.

State agencies that handle refugees, asylum-seekers and others eligible for federal refugee services learned in June that the government would hold back more than $90 million, an amount later reduced. Meanwhile, groups scrambled to scale back programs such as job counseling, English classes and tutoring.

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