Former La Raza member is special assistant to Obama, advising him on immigration and refugee issues.
Despite concerns by state and local officials, Obama is quietly pushing to increase the number of Syrian refugees being brought into the US. Felicia Escobar, the president’s special assistant on immigration policy, recently confirmed, that the U.S. is “eyeing a bigger role to help alleviate the growing crisis” of Syrian refugees.
“We want to make sure that we can increase our numbers of refugees that are able to settle here,” Felicia Escobar said. “The need globally is so, so, so massive right now, given all the displacement and conflict around the world, but we also know that we have to do it in a way that’s smart.”
According to the Washington Examiner, Sean Conway, a county commissioner from Weld County in Greeley, Colo., said, (regarding the Syrian refugees) “Many times we don’t even know that relocation is taking place until it’s going on.”
Escobar is a native of San Antonio, TX, and a former analyst for The National Council of La Raza, which is America’s largest Latino advocacy organization. It advocates for progressive immigration reform policies, including a path to citizenship and reduced deportations.
Escobar wrote in a blog post last month, “Houston has experienced a dramatic growth in its immigrant population. Today, 27 percent of Houston’s residents are immigrants, and one in five of all immigrants in Texas live in Houston.”
Elsewhere, at a Minnesota caucus location Monday night, a reporter could not even report on the speeches to attendees, because all speeches were given only in Somali.
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