Refugee Resettlement Watch

Australia deal: Homeland Security returns to Manus Island to continue screening wannabe refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 17, 2017

Recently we reported that US security screening agents had been called home and took that as a sign that the US government was coming to its senses and that we were not going to honor Obama’s “dumb” deal with the Aussie government.

I guess my optimism was premature.  Here, at the PostCourier, we learn that US agents have gone back to screen the MEN.

Staff from the United States Department of Homeland Security have returned to Manus Island to interview refugees about resettlement in the US.

Prime Minister Turnbull is between a rock and a hard place as his leftwing No borders activists want the mostly Muslim men settled on the mainland. If he gives in, he signals to thousands of aliens waiting in nearby locations to jump into boats and sail to Australia.

Refugees in Australia’s offshore detention centre on the island have been told that interviews will resume this week.

Immigration authorities at the centre provided a notice to the men telling them only some will be interviewed.

“Don’t worry if you do not receive an appointment slip,” the notice said.

“Further visits are anticipated in the coming months.

“All cases are different and will move through the resettlement process at different speeds.”

There are almost 700 refugees on the island who are eligible for resettlement in the US, but the US Government still has not said if any of them will eventually be taken there.

Refugees inside the centre said a total of 70 men have been interviewed by Department of Homeland Security staff in their previous visits.

All of this is happening because Obama was mucking  around in Australia’s immigration policy!

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Obama administration lobbied to change Australia’s asylum seeker policy

The Obama administration lobbied Australia to change its asylum seeker policy, actively disagreeing with the Australia’s off-shore detention and “Stop the Boats” mentality.

Former deputy secretary of state Heather Higginbottom has given an insight into how the secretive refugee-swap deal between the two allies came about, while revealing the United States, under former president Barack Obama, wanted to “bring relief” to asylum seekers held on Nauru and Manus Island. [Asylum seekers are NOT refugees!—-ed]

Heather goes to Washington! One of the great minds crafting a “dumb” deal! Obama didn’t like Australia’s ‘stop the boats’ deterrent to illegal aliens, so the deal was struck. But, Dear Donald, you don’t have to go through with it! Mostly Muslim men Australia doesn’t want shouldn’t be secretly placed in American towns! Here is Heather: https://www.rochester.edu/pr/Review/V71N3/feature2.html

The deal was the subject of a tense first phone call between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with Mr Trump labelling it “stupid”, “rotten”, “horrible” and “disgusting”.

But Ms Higginbottom, writing for Time magazine, said it was struck with humanitarian solutions in mind, by an administration uncomfortable with Australia’s stance.

“While the last administration strongly pressed the Australian government to change its policy toward asylum seekers, we also sought to immediately relieve the suffering of these refugees and agreed to resettle up to 1200 after they went through the US government’s rigorous refugee screening processes,” Ms Higginbottom, who now serves as the chief operating officer of CARE, wrote.

[Most have not even been determined to be legitimate refugees yet—ed]

Much, much more here.

My whole ‘Australia deal’ archive is here.

5 Responses to “Australia deal: Homeland Security returns to Manus Island to continue screening wannabe refugees”

  1. FatherJon said

    As someone living in Australia I can report that the general consensus among the media is that the US Administration is just playing a game over the vetting process, and we don’t seriously expect that the ‘illegals’, as we call them, are ever likely to see the Statue of Liberty. The government of PNG is signalling that the illegals had better start assuming PNG is likely to be their home for the rest of their lives and they’d better get used to life there or make plans to return whence they came.

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  2. Why cant Trump say no to this deal.? It is not our problem anymore.

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  3. Lynn Walker said

    Please please. Keep it simple. Australia needs to send them back to wherever they came from. We elected Trump to get rid of Obama s insanity. Period.

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  4. I have to say that I’m happier at least to see that they are screening males. If they are going to bring some refugees in, I’m thinking women and children are likely to more given to changing their culture to American if they are allowed to stay once here. It sounds to me like refugee screening is beginning to take hold under the temporary travel measures…..I’m thinking the ball is slowly starting to rolll…

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