Friday, February 3, 2017
Inside Obama’s quiet deal to help Australia with refugees
At NYPOST by Daniel Halper and Danika Fears
The Obama administration’s agreement to take more than 1,000 refugees off the hands of the Australian government drew little notice when it was announced last November after months of quiet negotiations and a grueling election.
At the time, Donald Trump’s unexpected presidential victory overshadowed news of the deal — and then-Secretary of State John Kerry simply said the United States had “agreed to consider referrals” from the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.
But as part of the unusual arrangement, the US said it would accept the roughly 1,250 refugees Australia has been holding in offshore detention centers on the impoverished nation of Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.