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Trump to Make Good on Obama's Refugee Deal With Australia

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President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017 12:51 PM Current | Bio | Archive

I have an edit I’d like to apply to Emma Lazrus’ poem about refugees. How does this strike you:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The ones on whom Australia shut the door,
Send those dangerous to me."

The refugees in question are approximately 1,300 who have been held in a camp on the islands of Nauru and Manus after Australia refused them entry. The "refugees" are from those hotbeds of peace and tranquility: Iran, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan. Naturally, after Australia decided it was too risky to admit them, Obama could hardly wait to resettle hundreds in some unsuspecting red state town.

The deal is not entirely one-sided. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull agreed to take in "asylum-seekers" from U.S. detention facilities in Costa Rica. I find the fact there are "refugees" the U.S. refused to take under the Obama administration startling in and of itself. As for Turnbull deciding to take them in, I can only assume Australia is short on MS-13 chapters.

Naturally, Donald Trump is unhappy. During a phone call that’s been characterized as "contentious" by the opposition media and "sugar and spice and everything nice" by the administration, Trump is said to have termed the deal an agreement to send us the "next Boston bombers," which, contentious or not, does sound like the president.

Somehow in the eyes of the media Trump’s complaints about the deal are a diplomatic disaster, while media moralizers' preferred policy, according to the Business Insider, of "forcing [Australia] to change its [immigration] policies" is the foreign affairs equivalent of drinks before dinner.

Fortunately for both nations this deal was a "one off" when Obama was still in office and certainly a one off under the Trump administration. For the time being, Trump is honoring the Obama-Kerry deal, with qualifications.

He intends to apply his "extreme vetting" to all 1,300 "refugees" before allowing any into the U.S. I would imagine this includes asking them if they are familiar with the inner workings of a pressure cooker.

There is no word on what will happen to "refugees" who fail the vetting. In a sane world they would be returned to their country of origin, but for the left going back to where you were born is a fate worse than death, so who knows what will happen?

I do know this, accepting more and more "refugees" and providing housing and an income when they arrive only encourages more "refugees" to follow in their footsteps.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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The refugees in question are approximately 1,300 who have been held in a camp on the islands of Nauru and Manus after Australia refused them entry. The "refugees" are from those hotbeds of peace and tranquility: Iran, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan.
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