CONGRESSMEN CITE “NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERN”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 24, 2016) — In a tweet on Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley informed the public that the Obama regime has apparently been in negotiations with Australia to accept refugees from Islamic countries which Australia has refused to accept.
A letter dated November 22, 2016 from Grassley and House Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte addressed to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson begins:
On November 11, a press report surfaced disclosing that the United States Government was finalizing a deal with Australia in which the United States would take refugees located on certain Pacific island nations that Australia has refused to admit. Congress learned, through the media, that 1,800 migrants interdicted before reaching Australia’s shores, could be transferred from detention facilities in Papua New Guinea and Nauru to U.S. soil.
The letter continues, “Officials from your departments confirmed that an agreement between the U.S. and Australia has been signed by a representative of the State Department, that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) would refer individuals for resettlement to the United States, and that interviews and operations would begin almost immediately.”
DHS “employees” reportedly informed Goodlatte and Grassley’s respective staffs that a total of “2,465 individuals” are currently living in detention facilities on the islands of Papua New Guinea and Nauru, which comprise Australia’s “Pacific Solution” to those seeking refuge. The process in which refugees are sent to live on the two islands is also called “offshore detention.”
Some in the mainstream media have described the Australian policy as “tough,” with the group Amnesty International claiming that “Many asylum seekers on Nauru are being driven to attempt suicide to escape the prison-like conditions they face in indefinite detention.”
The refugees in question reportedly emanate from such countries as Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Goodlatte and Grassley’s letter to Johnson states that DHS staffers refused to disclose the number of the 2,465 who will reportedly be brought to the U.S.
As The Post & Email has noted, Obama has been particularly open to accepting “refugees,” immigrants, and illegal aliens over the last eight years. On November 16, Numbers USA reported, citing DHS, that “46,195 individuals were apprehended in October at the southern border, up from 39,501 in September and 37,048 in August. This is the highest number of illegal aliens caught in one month since June 2014, the height of the unaccompanied minors border surge.”
Grassley and Goodlatte asked Johnson to “immediately make the agreement available to members of the House of Representatives and the Senate,” expressing that the “the individuals who will be resettled are coming from countries of national security concern.”
President-Elect Donald Trump campaigned on a platform of enforcing existing immigration laws and “extreme vetting” of refugees and immigrants from countries where radical Islam has led to terror attacks. Following the election, it was reported that Trump’s transition website had removed some of the elements of his campaign platform relating to immigration. The Trump transition team responded that a “glitch” had caused certain links to temporarily disappear.
As of this writing, the transition website displays a “ten-point plan” to deal with immigration enforcement.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.