Write to him: Eric P. Schwartz, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration, State Department

From the White House website thanks to one of our ever-watchful readers:

Eric P. Schwartz is Executive Director of the Connect U.S. Fund, a foundation/NGO initiative focused on foreign and international affairs, and Visiting Lecturer of Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Between 2005 and 2007, he served as UN Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, working to promote coordination, accountability to donors and beneficiaries, and best practices in the recovery effort. Prior to that, he served as lead expert on conflict prevention and reconstruction for the Congressionally mandated Task Force on United Nations Reform, and as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Between 1993 and 2001, Schwartz served at the National Security Council, ultimately as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs. For eight years, he was the NSC official responsible for refugee issues, and managed Administration policy responses on the rescue of Kurdish refugees from Northern Iraq, the resettlement of Vietnamese boat people, and safe haven for Haitian refugees and Kosovars. Prior to that, he served at the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, where he was responsible for most of the Committee’s work on Asian refugee issues, including Vietnamese boat people, Laotian refugees and the U.S. immigration issues relating to the transfer of sovereignty in Hong Kong.

We wrote about Mr. Schwartz here a month ago.

Although he is a nominee, I can’t imagine with a PC list of accomplishments like the one above, that he wouldn’t be confirmed.    So, it just occurred to me, now that the Obama Administration has finally selected a leader for PRM, why don’t all of you with problems with the program write directly to him.

Eric P. Schwartz

Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration

US Dept. of State

2201 C St. NW

Washington, DC 20520

I know, I know you are saying sending a letter to Washington is the same as sending it down a rat hole, but do it anyway.  I bet he has no clue for instance that Iraqi refugees are so unhappy across the country and are packing up and returning to the Middle East, or that volags have been closed because they neglected refugees, or that Somalis are returning to Africa to join al Shabaab.

Or, here is a good one, tell him how you feel about the Uighers coming to your town, he will be the one responsible for finding them a home.

Let us know if you get a response!

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