President Barack Obama is refusing to tell even high-placed members of Congress about a secret deal he made with the Australian government to let 2,500 “refugees” from terrorist hotspot countries into the U.S.
In an unprecedented move, the U.S. State Department has classified details on refugees to be resettled in America via a
secret deal made with Australia. 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 onto U.S. soil.
Obama stonewalled Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Bob Goodlatte who asked for normal information about the “refugees.”
When staffers probed the number of individuals being considered for resettlement, they were told it was “classified,” even though refugee admissions are traditionally public. Officials, however, did confirm countries of origin to be Iran, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and Sudan, as well as some deemed “stateless.”
Iran, Sudan and Syria are the three countries on the U.S. current State Sponsors of Terrorism list. But Barnett said the “stateless” category is most worrisome.
“These could be Burmese Muslims, who have posed assimilation issues for every nation which has taken them,” said Barnett. “It’s a dangerous precedent which says, ‘We’ll take any ethnic group with which you don’t get along.’”
Australia refuses to allow any unvetted “refugees” to land in Australia. Instead, they house “refugees” in leased facilities offshore. This lot of “refugees” are currently in Papua New Guinea. This group has been deemed inadmissable to Australia fact the two members of Congress want an answer for.
“If they’ve been vetted and deemed inadmissible, the U.S. can’t say, ‘You don’t want them, so we’ll take them,’” said Barnett.
It appears that Obama has cut a deal with Australia to take the “refugees” he can’t admit in exchange for housing some Central American “refugees”
Speaking at a Nov. 14 press conference, Turnbull said, “Nobody is taking any more refugees, but what the Americans are doing is assisting these individuals on Nauru and Manus by bringing them in within their existing quota.”
The Obama administration increased the quota for the 12-month period that began in October to 110,000 refugees, up from 85,000 the previous year.
Turnbull’s announcement that his country would be “taking more refugees from Central America” as part of some “commitments at President Obama’s Refugee Summit” has also sparked speculation that the deal is a trade of refugees from the most dangerous areas of the world for ones from Central America.
Not only are the particulars of these “refugees” being kept secret, but the costs and timing of the entire program have been sealed away by the Obama Administration.