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Obama Strikes ‘Classified’ Deal to Accept the 2,500 Refugees Australia Rejected

Obama Strikes ‘Classified’ Deal to Accept the 2,500 Refugees Australia Rejected

Australia has rejected these 2,500 refugees – so, the United States volunteers to take them in some kind of ‘classified’ back-room deal?

What is going on here? 

(The following commentary originally appeared in Fox News Politics on, the website of the Fox News Channel.)

Nearly 2,500 refugees from terrorism hotspots around the world are bound for the U.S. after being rejected by Australia, but not even top lawmakers can get answers about who they are.

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.

“This is a backroom deal, wheeling and dealing with another country’s refugee problem,” Center for Immigration Studies fellow Don Barnett told “I don’t believe for a moment it’s a one-time deal. That’s for public consumption.”

The move has also raised a red flag among Congressional oversight members.

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