With just a couple months left as president, Obama may rush refugee entry into the United States before Donald Trump takes office, experts say.
The U.S. and Australia struck a deal Sunday to move an uncertain number of refugees from Australia to American soil. Refugees have been living in detention centers on the islands of Manus and Nauru after trying to immigrate to Australia by boat illegally, and under this new deal will gain entry to the U.S.
A refugee from Sudan named Abdul Aziz told Reuters, “All the refugees were smiling and hugging each other” after learning of the deal.
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, worries openly that Obama may try to cram in as many refugees as possible leading up to Trump’s inauguration.
“The United States is not the dumping ground for other people’s refugee problems,” he told ABC.
Krikorian also said, “It’s entirely possible the administration will rush the admission of the illegal immigrants you all have offshore in order to get them in under the wire before January 20 when Trump becomes president.”
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reportedly not told Trump about the deal, saying, “(w)e deal with one administration at a time and you don’t discuss confidential matters with one administration with a future administration.”
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