DETAILS WITHHELD FROM CONGRESS LAST YEAR
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 2, 2017) — On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump tweeted his initial reaction to a little-publicized agreement which the Obama regime negotiated with Australia in November wherein would-be “refugees” from primarily Islamic countries residing on two islands in “offshore detention” were accepted for admission into the United States.
Bypassing the media on Twitter, Trump asked, “Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this done deal!”
On November 22, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), then and now-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter, along with Rep. Robert Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, expressing concern over hearing from the media 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.”
According to the letter, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), then headed by Jeh Johnson, had not only not consulted with Congress on the matter, but also would not divulge the number, out of a total of 2,465 refugees, could be brought the United States.
The refugees’ countries of origin are enumerated in the letter as Iran, “Stateless,” Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, and Sudan.
The letter continues:
In his tweet, Trump promised to “study this dumb deal!”
On January 27, Trump signed an executive order halting the refugee resettlement program for 120 days and barring entry to the U.S. from seven countries noted as sources of terrorism by the Obama regime, which has not been stressed in the media. On January 29, Trump issued a clarification that the order is not “a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.”
While commentators and left-leaning media asked whether or not the order was “legal,” in its text, Trump cited “the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.,” “section 301 of title 3, United States Code,” and ” INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f),” which are laws passed by Congress defining “aliens” and the president’s authority to deny entry to any group of individuals believed to pose a national security threat to the United States.
The countries whose citizens will be prohibited from entering the U.S. for the 90-day period are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
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.