- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — Groups that aid refugees around the country are breathing a sigh of relief as the federal government releases $71.5 million in refugee service funds that it withheld in order to deal with the thousands of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border this year.

The Department of Health and Human Services told states Thursday the money would be released because the flow of migrants had fallen. State agencies that handle refugees, asylees and other groups eligible for federal refugee services learned in June the government would hold back more than $90 million. That number was reduced later, but in the meantime, groups across the country scrambled to scale back programs including English language classes to job counseling.

Florida receives a large chunk of the money, some $20 million in discretionary funding.

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