BOSTON — Immigrant advocates are concerned that far fewer refugees are currently being resettled in Massachusetts than in prior years.
Advocates gathering Monday at Massachusetts’ Office for Refugees and Immigrants in Boston said the state agency expects to resettle just 650 refugees in the fiscal year that started in October.
That would be significantly lower than the 1,219 refugees resettled in fiscal year 2017 and the 1,777 resettled in fiscal year 2016.
Republican President Donald Trump barred refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country last January, prompting lawsuits and protests in Boston and elsewhere.
Refugee admissions resumed last October, but were capped at 45,000 for the current fiscal year.
A State Department spokeswoman says processing times may be slower because of additional vetting to identify public safety threats.