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 FoxNews.com. “I don’t believe for a moment it’s a one-time deal. That’s for public consumption.”
In a letter from Congress to Secretaries Jeh Johnson and John Kerry, it was revealed that the countries of origin for many of these individuals include: Iran, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and Sudan. When congress asked how many of the 2,465 people were eligible for transfer to the United States, “the briefers said that the number was classified.”
Source: Fox News, Grassley