Vt. program plans for fewer refugees under new cap

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COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program is expecting a dramatic drop in refugees headed here.

A spokesperson says they had planned for 450 refugees but now only expect 250 for the fiscal year 2018. Of those numbers, 175 people are set to resettle in Chittenden County and 75 will be in Rutland County.

The program says the reduction is due to the Trump administration's decisions making this the lowest refugee admittance cap in decades. The White House says the changes will allow for more vetting of applicants.

"We don't know what it looks like. We don't know if it's across the board or if it's specific to different groups of people," said Laurie Stavrand, the community partnership coordinator.

The organization says this will be the second year in a row they have had lower refugee resettlements than projected.

The decreases have also led to internal staff cuts due to funding cuts.