National security officials are arguing the elimination the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration would have ‘profound and negative implications’

Forty former US diplomats and national security officials urged the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, not to eliminate the state department office that handles refugees, in a letter seen by Reuters on Monday.

The letter argued that a Trump administration proposal to transfer the responsibilities of the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) to other agencies would undercut US diplomatic leverage in grappling with foreign crises.

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