WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States diplomat in charge of refugee problems prepares to stop his post within days, inning accordance with an e-mail seen by Reuters, ending up being the 3rd senior U.S. authorities to be or leave re-assigned from refugee operate in current weeks.
Simon Henshaw, the acting assistant secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration at the State Department, composed in an e-mail to associates in the refugee sector on Saturday that he will be leaving the task at end of next week.
His e-mail stated he would stay at the State Department in a various capability.
Henshaw, a profession Foreign Service officer with 3 years of experience at the State Department, did not provide information of why he was leaving, other than to state that the relocation came at his demand. Henshaw did not right away react to an ask for remark.
” After 4 and a half years in the task and a year into the brand-new administration, I believed it time for me to carry on,” Henshaw stated in the e-mail, which was seen by Reuters.
Henshaw stated the bureau will be ranged from Jan. 22 onward by Carol O’Connell, who is the deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, inning accordance with her State Department bio.
” In a world where the variety of refugees and displaced individuals continues to increase, I believe we must all be happy (of) the excellent that we have actually done and the assistance that we have actually offered to many,” Henshaw composed.
The State Department did not right away react to an ask for discuss Henshaw’s departure.
Henshaw is the current senior U.S. authorities dealing with refugee problems to leave their task or be sidelined as the Trump administration improves U.S. refugee admissions.
Because taking workplace in 2015, President Donald Trump has actually slashed the variety of refugees permitted into the nation, stopped briefly the refugee program completely for 4 months, set up more stringent vetting requirements, and stop settlements on a voluntary pact to handle worldwide migration.
On Tuesday, Reuters reported that Lawrence Bartlett, formerly the head of the refugee admissions workplace at the State Department, has actually been provided a short-lived re-assignment in the State Department workplace managing Liberty of Info Act demands.
Previously this month, Barbara Strack, chief of the Refugee Affairs Department at U.S. Citizenship and Migration Providers, under the Department of Homeland Security, stated she would retire in January.
Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Modifying by Yara Bayoumy and Costs Trott