This time it’s at the New York Times. But, I am out of time to parse this latest news in any depth.
There are two things (among many things) I want you to take note of in this account.
First, there is now a debate raging about whether Australia’s detained (failed) asylum seekers from countries now banned by the Trump Administration will be grandfathered in because the deal was first made by Obama in 2016 (and agreed to by President Trump!).
The star of this account is a Rohingya Muslim (most detainees are single Muslim men who tried to break into Australia by boat).
The Rohingya of Burma/Bangladesh are not on the banned list, so expect to see more of them entering the US (as other Muslims from places like Somalia, Iraq and Syria are kept to a minimum).
But, I just couldn’t believe this admission:
Did she really mean to say this?
“If the U.S. isn’t going to accept people from certain countries, they should make that crystal clear now so Australia can make alternative arrangements,” said Elaine Pearson, the Australia director for Human Rights Watch. “There’s no time to waste — these refugees have acute mental health problems made worse by years of uncertainty and insecurity on Manus and Nauru.”
Deal gets dumber every time we hear about it.
Is your town ready for your New Americans: Muslim men who have mental health problems from years in detention with only other men who will be free to roam your neighborhoods!
And, for new readers, if you have never heard about the unprecedented “dumb deal” for the US to take ‘refugees’ that Australia doesn’t want, go here.
This post is also filed in my extensive Rohingya Reports category, here.