US immigration agency moves to close international offices

Homeland Security Department taking an initial step toward shuttering immigration offices outside the United States, saying it is expects to free up millions of dollars a year to better address a backlog in domestic locations

WASHINGTON -- The Homeland Security Department is moving toward closing immigration services offices outside the United States, saying it is expected to free up millions of dollars a year to better address a backlog in domestic locations.

Collins says the agency will work closely with the State Department to avoid any interruptions to services overseas.

Organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights First criticized the move saying that closing international offices would mean fewer services for refugees. The agency says refugee processing won't be affected.