None of the nonwhite invaders currently being held in Papua New Guinea (PNG), after failing to land in Australia, will ever be given refugee in that latter country, no matter what, the Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has announced.
Speaking to media after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had avoided answering questions about what would happen to the invaders on PNG’s Manus Island if the U.S. did not accept them after all, Dutton said that they would never be allowed into Australia.
Those who want them to come to Australia can “bleat all they want,” Dutton said.
The Manus Island detention center, set up to halt the seaborne Third World invasion of Australia, was declared illegal by the PNG Supreme Court and ordered closed.
As part of the closure negotiations, the previous U.S. administration under Barack Obama agreed to take all the nonwhites as “refugees” into America.
That deal has repeatedly been on and off ever since Donald Trump took office, and it is still not clear what exactly is going to happen.
During a visit last week to PNG, Turnbull told reporters that “significant progress” had been made toward resettling the nearly 900 invaders being held at the Manus Island detention center, which is expected to close on October 31, 2017.
However, Turnbull dodged questions about exactly where the government planned to send the invaders if the U.S. did not accept them all.
In answer to further queries, Dutton said that invaders not taken by the U.S. will be settled in PNG, while “non-refugees” will be sent back to their home countries.
“They are not coming to Australia,” Dutton told Sky News. “The advocates can bleat all they want; they can protest all they want. We have been very clear those people are not going to settle in our country because that would restart the people trade.”
He said the threat from people smugglers and boat arrivals would “never go away,” and because of that, he said there would be an enduring need to keep the Nauru detention center open.
Dutton said the government was working with the PNG government, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and other state departments who are looking at each individual case in their decision regarding who would be settled in the U.S.
He said that, under the agreement with the Rudd Labor government, PNG had the responsibility to settle so-called refugees not taken by the U.S., and that 36 had already settled in the PNG community.
He said people found to be refugees on Nauru can be resettled in Cambodia, and some people had done that, or they could settle on Nauru under a 20-year visa agreement.
“The art here is to make sure we don’t do anything to restart boats [arrivals],” Dutton said.
* Nauru, an island country in the Pacific Ocean, located to the northeast of Australia, hosts the second invader detention center, and was set up by the Australian government at the same time as the Manus Island camp. Nauru is paid handsomely to host the camp, and is unaffected by the events on PNG.