Trump Administration ‘Deconstructing’ U.S. Humanitarian Approach
New York Times: Is the United States Losing Its Humanity?
Anne C. Richard, fellow at Georgetown University and assistant secretary of state for population, refugees, and migration during the Obama administration
“President Trump is putting forward a nominee who is virulently anti-immigrant to be assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration … The nomination, announced last week, is only the latest move by the administration to chip away at our standing as the world’s top backer of humanitarian efforts. … While refugee aid delivered overseas through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees remains at robust levels, this is primarily because of bipartisan support in Congress. Other United Nations agencies, however, have been cut off. … [T]he Trump administration has weakened the State Department, demoralized our diplomats, and threatened programs that foster growth overseas and work to preserve peace and stability. … The list of good moves on the part of the Trump administration is very short indeed. … Unfortunately the negatives vastly outweigh the positives. By ignoring the urgent needs of refugees and immigrants within and outside its borders, the Trump administration is setting bad examples and deconstructing a humanitarian approach that was admired by, and depended on, by millions of people throughout the world” (5/31).