WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. diplomat accountable for refugee points plans to depart his submit inside days, turning into the third senior U.S. official to depart or be re-assigned from refugee work in current weeks.
Simon Henshaw, the performing assistant secretary of the State Division’s Bureau of Inhabitants, Refugees and Migration, advised colleagues within the refugee sector in an e-mail seen by Reuters that he might be leaving the bureau on the finish of subsequent week.
In an interview on Saturday night, Henshaw advised Reuters he was leaving his place in a routine skilled transfer unrelated to the Trump administration’s insurance policies, which have curtailed refugee admissions. A State Division spokeswoman additionally mentioned Henshaw’s transfer was routine.
Henshaw mentioned his submit on the Inhabitants, Refugees and Migration bureau had been his longest project in his 33-year tenure as a profession international service officer.
“It very actually needed to do with the truth that I’d felt I’d spent sufficient time,” Henshaw advised Reuters. “I‘m used to shifting on each two or three years.”
Previous to being named performing assistant secretary initially of the Trump administration, he served because the principal deputy assistant secretary since July 2013.
The bureau might be run from Jan. 22 onward by Carol O‘Connell, the deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, based on her State Division biography.
“In a world the place the variety of refugees and displaced individuals continues to rise, I feel we should always all be proud (of) the nice that we’ve achieved and the assistance that we’ve supplied to so many,” Henshaw wrote within the Saturday e-mail.
Henshaw is the most recent senior U.S. official engaged on refugee points to depart a job or be sidelined because the Trump administration reshapes U.S. refugee admissions.
Since taking workplace final 12 months, President Donald Trump has slashed the variety of refugees allowed into the nation, paused the refugee program totally for 4 months, instituted stricter vetting necessities and give up negotiations on a voluntary pact to cope with world migration.
On Tuesday, Reuters reported that Lawrence Bartlett, beforehand the pinnacle of the refugee admissions workplace on the State Division, had been given a short lived re-assignment within the State Division workplace dealing with Freedom of Data Act requests.
Earlier this month, Barbara Strack, chief of the Refugee Affairs Division at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Providers, beneath the Division of Homeland Safety, mentioned she would retire in January.
Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Enhancing by Yara Bayoumy and Will Dunham