Refugee Resettlement Watch

Anne Richard leaves her perch as chief refugee promoter for Obama with not much to show!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 17, 2017

In an interview at Refugees Deeply, Anne Richard, Asst. Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, says she is “shocked” by the national conversation on refugees and laments that the once bipartisan support for refugee resettlement has almost disappeared during Obama’s term in office.

Editor:  Anne Richard is a political appointee and as such she must have tendered her resignation or will be doing it before Friday. Career bureaucrats will be running the refugee program until the Trump people pick a replacement.

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In December Bill O’Reilly called for a complete one year moratorium on refugee resettlement, something that would have been unheard of prior to the Obama Administration. https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/fox-news-bill-oreilly-calls-for-one-year-moratorium-on-refugee-resettlement/

Most of the interview focuses on Richard’s struggle to find something that the highly publicized September refugee forum at the UN did to advance their agenda.

We saw the event as a publicity opportunity to advance Hillary Clinton’s Presidential bid and to denigrate Donald Trump whose message about unvetted refugees being placed in unsuspecting communities was resonating with voters.  The publicity stunt fizzled especially as countries refused to make any firm commitments.

You can read about it in the first part of this report at Refugees Deeply.  In the closing paragraphs of the interview she bemoans the fact that the Refugee Program, once supported on both sides of the aisle, has become a politically charged issue and that there are now members of Congress, governors and some in the media calling for a complete halt to it.

I could tell her where they went wrong, but that isn’t my job.

Here is what she said to author Daniel Howden:

(Emphasis is mine)

The end of the Obama era coincides with the emergence of deeply polarized views in the U.S. on the country’s leading role in resettling refugees.

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The arrogance and secretiveness of those administering the RAP is partially responsible for the divisiveness surrounding the resettlement of refugees. Keep it up! Keep calling concerned citizens the “ugly element.”

The Obama administration has faced strong domestic opposition to increasing the number of refugees it resettles each year from from 85,000 in the fiscal year of 2016 to 110,000 in 2017. Republican lawmakers, most notably in Texas, have sought to block federal resettlement programs for Syrian refugees. The son of Republican nominee Donald Trump recently compared Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles on social media.

Richard said she had been “shocked” by the U.S. national conversation this year. “We’ve had pushback on refugees. There has always been an ugly element that believes that the latest wave of newcomers are not to be trusted.”  [It is nothing Obama or she did, it is all about you haters!—ed]

She said that there had traditionally been bipartisan support for the U.S. giving refuge to the most persecuted people in the world, as “that is who we are,” but that this is now under threat: “What’s most alarming about the current discourse in American politics is that it’s a departure at the leadership level from defending that.”

More here.

I don’t want to leave readers with the idea that Obama did nothing to advance his agenda to diversify America, he did plenty.  We are now talking about refugees in the 100,000 range as normal when only a few years earlier, we were resettling about 60,000 on average.  Obama also managed to increase the number of Muslim refugees coming in from places where it is impossible to vet them.

Anne Richard was a well-paid VP for one of the federal refugee contractors, the International Rescue Committee. Prior to that she worked for the State Department. It will be interesting to see if she revolves back to a federal contractor job.

As we have said on many previous occasions, who the Trump team nominates for this post will be telling.  The job requires approval by the Senate.

***Update*** One of our readers has reported that Ms. Richard is already gone and is now an Adjunct professor at Georgetown Univ. according to LinkedIn:

Anne Richard

Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University

United States
International Affairs
Current Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University
Past Assistant Secretary, Population, Refugees & Migration at U.S. Department of State, Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy…
Education The University of Chicago, Georgetown University
Summary Specialties: (1) Relief and Development policies of US and other major donor governments (2) Budget and management of US government…

 

 

 

6 Responses to “Anne Richard leaves her perch as chief refugee promoter for Obama with not much to show!”

  1. her real qualificationsfor this job well connected politition ma richards daughter and probably abortion advocate

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  2. slavalent said

    Please do excuse my being that ignorant, but I can’t understand one purely economic thing: before joining my daughter here in Australia I had to pay with my own money all the costs of resettling from Russia (including air-tickets, but of course). For a lonely 74-yrs old widower it was quite a formidable task, but, being used to self-dependency during all my long working years, I’ve paid for everything myself, without any charity or debts. What is incomprehensible to me: the USA has a colossal debt of around $20 trillion now. How can she afford to welcome such a huge lot of free-riders, thus enlarging her debt even more? Maybe it’s very humane toward alien refugees, but is it humane toward the American themselves? What’s the exact final cost of this most generous campaign (I mean cost to the U.S. budget only, not to the demographics, to the national security or to the elections)? With deep respect from your old reader in Tasmania, Rostislav Gorchakov.

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  3. EX-SQUEEZE ME…33 YEARS ON THE GOVERNMENT, RETIREMENT TEET !

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  4. BACK TO THE BUNKER, FOR ANNE C RICHARD !

    YOU KNOW, THE PLACE WHERE LIBERAL ACTIVISTS CRAWL OFF TO, WHEN THEY LOSE !

    Adjunct Professor
    Georgetown University
    January 2017 – Present (1 month)Washington D.C. Metro Area

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/anne-richard-2763554

    YOU SEE, RICHARDS HAS BEEN ON THE PUBLIC TEET FOR SOME 27 YEARS NOW…THAT SHE WILL PERSONALLY OWN UP TO, SO IT’S PROBABLY MORE !

    THAT’S RIGHT $HE WAS WRACKING UP A GOVERNMENT PEN$ION AL$O !

    Assistant Secretary, Population, Refugees & Migration
    U.S. Department of State
    April 2012 – January 2017 (4 years 10 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

    Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy
    International Rescue Committee
    October 2004 – March 2012 (7 years 6 months)

    Director, Office of Resources, Plans and Policy
    U.S. Department of State
    March 1999 – January 2001 (1 year 11 months)

    Deputy Chief Financial Officer
    Peace Corps

    August 1997 – March 1999 (1 year 8 months)
    Senior Adviser, Office of Resources, Plans and Policy
    U.S. Department of State
    January 1995 – August 1997 (2 years 8 months)

    International Affairs Fellow
    Council on Foreign Relations
    October 1993 – January 1995 (1 year 4 months)

    Advisor, Deputy Secretary’s Office of Policy & Resources
    U.S. Department of State
    May 1990 – October 1993 (3 years 6 months)

    Budget Examiner
    Office of Management and Budget
    June 1984 – May 1990 (6 years)

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/anne-richard-2763554

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