Australia, US agree to deal exempting Australian citizens from travel ban
Feb 01 2017
Trump's executive order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspending all refugee admission for 120 days had the potential to rescind the deal that was struck in November past year.
He said it was agreed that an unspecified number of refugees and asylum seekers now staying at camps in the island will be resettled in US.
President Donald Trump's clampdown, which temporarily bans most citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia from entering the USA, fueled a global backlash for a second day on Monday.
Following President Trump's harsh rhetoric on immigration and opposition to the resettlement deal from senior republicans in Congress, Prime Minister Turnbull expressed relief. They are never eligible to be resettled in Australia.
Donald Trump's spokesman has confirmed the asylum seeker deal with Australia will go ahead, but refugees would have to clear "extreme vetting" before they are allowed to enter the United States.
Malcolm Turnbull has been accused of trying to wash his hands of a United States travel ban which threatened to ensnare Australian dual nationals.
Iranian refugees make up the largest cohort in both of the Australian-run offshore detention camps, there are also significant Iraqi, Sudanese, and Somalian populations. On Monday a high school student was denied a visa for a school trip to Washington D.C. on the grounds of his dual citizenship with Iran.
Mr Turnbull was able to convince Mr Trump of the importance of the 76-year US-Australia alliance.
The two committed to making the long-standing relationship between the two countries even stronger and sharing the ongoing objective to defeat Islamic State. Motivated by partisan enmity, these politicians seem oblivious to the forces of instability that may potentially be unleashed when the world's dominant state takes a more aggressive stance against the movement of people, particularly one that is targeted at a specific religious group.
Most of the asylum seekers are Muslims from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
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