Obama Enters into More Secret Refugee Deals

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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November 28, 2016

As previously noted, President Obama can do a whole lot of damage in his remaining two months in office. In addition to his well-publicized presidential pardons and sentence commutations, more than 1,000 to date and more than the last 11 presidents combined, Obama continues his secretive refugee resettlement program.

Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton won’t accept refugees from terrorist-sponsoring states, but Obama will.

Senate and House Judiciary Chairs Chuck Grassley and Bob Goodlatte uncovered the latest outrage. The Obama administration has apparently agreed to accept 2,456 refugees denied admission by Australia and currently held in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Check out the countries from which the refugees come: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia, all countries where the U.S. has national security concerns, and two, Iran and Syria, officially designated as terrorist-sponsoring. Little wonder that more prudent Australia rejected them.

In their joint letter to Department of Homeland Security and State Department Secretaries Jeh Johnson and John Kerry, the judiciary heads charged the administration with negotiating an international refugee agreement without notifying Congress, keeping Americans in the dark as to the rationale behind the pact, putting the American homeland at risk, and failing to advise the U.S. public why Australian rejected the refugees.

Encourage the incoming Trump administration to end the refugee madness. Trump called the current refugee resettlement program “a Trojan horse.” Reinforce Trump’s opinion on the CAPS Action Alert page here.


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