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US immigration agency to shut down int’l office in PH

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The United States Homeland Security Department (USHSD) is closing immigration offices in 20 countries, including the Philippines, as part of the Trump administration’s measures to save money to fund some domestic concerns.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) spokeswoman Jessica Collins in a statement on Tuesday (March 12) said the visa-granting agency is now on “preliminary discussions” on how to delegate the agency’s functions and plan measures to avoid any interruptions to its services overseas.

Collins said it is possible that the agency’s workload would be absorbed by U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.

US President Donald Trump eyed closing international offices abroad to save millions of dollars each year.

Currently, there are about 70 staffers employed in all 23 field offices in Great Britain, Italy, South Africa, Mexico, China, the Philippines and other countries. — Marje Pelayo

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