The Australian government’s plans to ship 1,600 nonwhite invaders currently holed up in its remote Pacific island “illegal immigration” centers to the U.S. might be sabotaged by the change of government in America, it has emerged.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spent most of Monday this week seeking to allay fears that the deal he had struck with the Obama regime to take the illegal immigrants would now founder.
On Sunday, the government in Canberra announced a “one-off” arrangement with the U.S. that would see up to 1,600 of the nonwhites who attempted to invade Australia by boat—and who are currently detained in the offshore processing centers on Nauru and in Papua New Guinea—“resettled” in America.
The deal had been struck with the Obama government, which had set its sights on bringing in as many nonwhites as possible into the United States.
However, the head of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington DC warned the Australians that this was “the kind of thing the Trump administration will nix on Day 1.”
“I don’t expect any Republicans will defend it. I can’t see a lot of Democrats defending it either,” Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, told the Sydney Morning Herald. “My sense is that when the word gets out on this, it’ll be dead on arrival.”
Officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are due to arrive in Australia soon before heading to Nauru to determine who will be eligible for the U.S. move.
While Turnbull spoke to Trump by phone soon after the shock election win last week, he said he did not bring up the refugee issue.
“Until Jan. 20 when Donald Trump is inaugurated, the president is Barack Obama and we deal with one administration at a time,” he told Channel Nine. And you don’t discuss confidential matters with one administration with a future administration.”
According to the plan negotiated with the current U.S. government, invaders who are offered the American option but reject it would be offered a 20-year visa in Papua New Guinea.
As part of the Australian government’s plan, all future invaders arriving by boat will be ineligible for anything and will be barred for life from entering Australia, even on a tourist visa.
An article on the Center for Immigration Studies’ website by researcher Dan Cadman, said that in its “waning months the Obama administration would use its lame duck status to slip through as many more ‘transformational’ changes to immigration policy and regulation as it thinks it can get away with.”
In the most recent “example of twisted logic,” the article continued, the Obama administration “has announced that it will take at least 1,200 migrants — quite possibly more — who are now in detention camps on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus, where they were sent by the Australian government after it interdicted and ejected them for attempting to enter Australia illegally.”
“What’s in it for the Ozzies? At least some short-term relief from the unrelenting pressure they have felt over taking a tough stance on attempted illegal entry by migrants. They may even be puzzled by this bizarre gesture on the part of the administration, but unwilling to look a gift horse in the mouth.”
“On the flip side, what’s in it for the United States? Nothing, as far as I can see. Of course, it is one last chance for the Obama administration to put its thumb in the eye of the American people as a final gesture of its profound contempt for a reasoned immigration policy based on our national interests; their own kind of pay-back to us for having the audacity to elect Donald Trump.”