Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley says that Barack Obama will unilaterally admit thousands of refugees who were denied entry by Australian authorities. The refugees are Muslims from terror hot spots like Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Sudan.
The fact that they have been rejected by Australia is irrelevant to Barack Obama. Obama never disclosed the fact that he was negotiating with Australia. The House Judiciary Committee wants to know more about the secret negotiations. They don’t even know how many the Obama administration is taking in.
In a letter to top administration officials dated Tuesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley expressed a series of concerns with the administration’s negotiations and plans.
“First, your departments negotiated an international agreement regarding refugees without consulting or notifying Congress,” The letter to Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry reads. “Such information was not disclosed to Congress during the annual refugee consultation that occurred on September 13, 2016, even though your staff confirmed that the agreement had, at the time, been negotiated ‘for months.’”
The 2,465 individuals detained and under consideration for resettlement are mostly from: Iran, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, or they are stateless. Iran and Sudan are state sponsors of terrorism and they are all hot spots.
Senator Grassley would like to know what kind of precedent it set by admitting refugees interdicted and rejected by Australia?
“Finally, it begs the question why Australia and other countries refuse to admit these individuals, what other countries are doing to help alleviate the situation, what kind of precedent this sets for future refugees interdicted at sea by Australian forces and prevented from entering Australia, and how a similar situation will be prevented in the future.”
State Department officials signed an agreement to allow the refugees into the United States behind closed doors and is working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees move the process forward.
Why is the UN choosing our refugees? They are not our friends.
The Obama administration has classified the information about these refugees probably so as to not be compelled to answer any questions.