In an interview with the VOA, the new chairman of the US Secretary of State's Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations said that attention should focus on what causes Africans to become refugees and internally displaced.
Conflict is, of course, one of the reasons why California Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass told the VOA correspondent James Butty. "So resolving these conflicts so that peoples would not feel they should escape" is one of the answers, Bass said.
"Climate-related crises," said Bass, also helps people move their homes.
Bass, relying on Congressional Black Caucus, said she was also concerned about the treatment of African refugees in the United States.
A number of Africans from Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Liberia have received temporary protected status (TPS) or postponed Enforced Departure (DED), allowing them to live and work in the United States Congressman said she is afraid that their status may be at risk during the Trump administration.
"The whole world has seen this administration manage very racist immigration policies," Bass said. "I'm very worried about it."