WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. diplomat in control of refugee points plans to give up his put up inside days, in keeping with an e-mail seen by Reuters, changing into the third senior U.S. official to depart or be re-assigned from refugee work in latest weeks.
Simon Henshaw, the appearing assistant secretary of the Bureau of Inhabitants, Refugees and Migration on the State Division, wrote in an e-mail to colleagues within the refugee sector on Saturday that he will probably be leaving the job at finish of subsequent week.
His e-mail stated he would stay on the State Division in a unique capability.
Henshaw, a profession International Service officer with three many years of expertise on the State Division, didn’t give particulars of why he was leaving, besides to say that the transfer got here at his request. Henshaw didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
“After four and a half years within the job and a 12 months into the brand new administration, I assumed it time for me to maneuver on,” Henshaw stated within the e-mail, which was seen by Reuters.
Henshaw stated the bureau will probably be run from Jan. 22 onward by Carol O‘Connell, who’s the deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, in keeping with her State Division biography.
“In a world the place the variety of refugees and displaced individuals continues to rise, I believe we should always all be proud (of) the great that we now have completed and the assistance that we now have offered to so many,” Henshaw wrote.
The State Division didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Henshaw’s departure.
Henshaw is the newest senior U.S. official engaged on refugee points to depart their 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, has been given a short lived re-assignment within the State Division workplace dealing with Freedom of Info Act requests.
Earlier this month, Barbara Strack, chief of the Refugee Affairs Division at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Providers, underneath the Division of Homeland Safety, stated she would retire in January.
Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Enhancing by Yara Bayoumy and Invoice Trott