With just a few weeks to go until Donald Trump is inaugurated, nobody is really paying attention to what Barack Obama is doing in the White House. The president has reportedly taken advantage of this by throwing up a wall of silence around his plan to bring 2,500 Muslim refugees into this country, some from nations that are on terror watch lists.
Western Journalism reported that the Obama administration recently agreed to resettle 2,465 refugees here that were rejected by Australia.
“This is a backroom deal, wheeling and dealing with another country’s refugee problem,” Don Barnett, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, told Fox News. “I don’t believe for a moment it’s a one-time deal. That’s for public consumption.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry in which they voiced their objections.
“This situation is concerning for many reasons,” the letter said. “First, your departments negotiated an international agreement regarding refugees without consulting or notifying Congress.”
“Second,” it continued, “the agreement and the number of refugees to be resettled has been deemed by your departments as classified, thus the American people are left in the dark as to the rationale for this agreement.”
“Third, the individuals who will be resettled are coming from countries of national security concern,” the letter said, going on to question why Australia refused to resettle the refugees.
“If they’ve been vetted and deemed inadmissible, the U.S. can’t say, ‘You don’t want them, so we’ll take them,’” Barnett explained.
The most disturbing part was the secrecy in which the deal was conducted. Though Grassley and Goodlatte have received a classified briefing on the agreement, they want average Americans to know what’s going on.
“We … firmly believe the American people should be fully aware of the specific details of this agreement and why it was done in secret,” their letter said.
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