Friends of Refugees

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State Dept. Gave One Day Notice Of PRM Acting Assistant Secretary Robinson’s Nashville Visit

Posted by Christopher Coen on February 9, 2012

The State Department’s refugee office is going about its usual way of doing business by having yet another local program visit, this time in Nashville, with local resettlement contractors and their hand-selected refugee clients (this ensures that no one utters any free-spirited or critical comments about the local resettlement contractors, or their government oversight friends). Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) David M. Robinson is in Nashville February 8-9 (reminds me of the former Assistant Secretary’s — Eric P. Schwartz’s — trips to Salt Lake City and Portland and Denver and Phoenix). Robinson answered a few questions two weeks ago during an online live chat. The PRM put out a press release with only 24 hours or less to go before this Nashville visit – apparently in an attempt to keep away all save for insiders.

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

February 7, 2012

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) David M. Robinson will travel from February 8-9, 2012 to Nashville, Tennessee to meet with resettled refugees, refugee resettlement agencies, local and state government officials, and other community members involved in the resettlement of refugees…

If you wish to attend, please contact [the] PRM’s Public Affairs Advisor…by close of business on February 8. Read more here

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One Response to “State Dept. Gave One Day Notice Of PRM Acting Assistant Secretary Robinson’s Nashville Visit”

  1. cory82 said

    I bet the local resettlement agencies got weeks if not months advance notice of his visit, yet the public and press get 24 hours notice?

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