The Obama administration has already increased our quota for accepting refugees into the United States for the 12-month period that began in October to 110,000 refugees, up from 85,000 the previous year.
And now they’re about to take approximately 2,500 more refugees from terrorist nations around the world, and they are headed our way.
These refugees have been rejected by Australia and are currently on their way, but not even top lawmakers can get any answers about who they are and which terrorist nations they come from.
The U.S. State Department has made an unprecedented move by classifying the details on the refugees that are being resettled because the deal between the U.S. and Australia is secret, and was mediated by the United Nations.
The bi-lateral agreement, which Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called a “one-off,” involves 2,465 people currently being held in Papua New Guinea and Nauru who will now be transferred to America.
The Center for Immigration Studies fellow, Dan Barnett, said:
“This is a backroom deal, wheeling and dealing with another country’s refugee problem. I don’t believe for a moment it’s a one-time deal. That’s for public consumption.”
Of course, this has raised red flags with Congressional Oversight members.
Senator Chuck Grassley and Bob Goodlatte wrote a scathing letter to DOH Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry about their lack of transparency on an issue that concerns all of us.
The letter stated:
“This situation is concerning for many reasons… your departments negotiated an international agreement regarding refugees without consulting or notifying Congress.”
And when staffers asked about the specifics of this “one-off” deal, they were told it was classified, despite the fact that refugees are traditionally (and should always be) public.
But they did confirm that some of their countries of origin included Iran, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan and some that were deemed “stateless.”
Most are worried about the “stateless” category above the other obvious sponsored terrorism states, because they could be Burmese Muslims, who have posed assimilation issues for every single country that has accepted them.
Australia is under fire by the United Nations for paying poor surrounding island nations to house their refugees. They created camps for them and have long had a policy for people seeking asylum to have an extreme vetting system.
The Obama administration and the State Department have a different viewpoint on the refugee crisis.
They issued a statement that in part read:
“The United States is proud of its long history as the largest refugee resettlement country in the world. As the President has announced, our refugee resettlement program has grown substantially in the last year.
The United States has agreed to consider referrals from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) of refugees now residing in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
These refugees are of special interest to UNHCR and we are engaged on a humanitarian basis, as we are in other parts of the world.”
Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, expressed that he would be taking more refugees from Central America in exchange for the 2,500 that have been redirected to our country, and this has sparked speculation that the deal is lopsided, exchanging refugees from the most dangerous nations in the world for ones in Central America.
Once President-elect Donald Trump takes office, this won’t fly anymore.