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Buffalo refugee resettlement programs to remain open following fears of closure

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Posted at 2:45 PM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 14:45:45-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo's 4 refugee resettlement programs will continue in 2019, according to a joint statement from Catholic Charities of Buffalo, International Institute of Buffalo, Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County, and Journey’s End Refugee Services.

Earlier this month, there were concerns that that programs would shut down after the Trump administration cut incoming refugee numbers to the lowest number since federal refugee resettlement was started in 1980.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown all wrote letters to the State Department, emphasizing how important refugees are to the WNY economy and calling for all the agencies to be kept open.