The Trump Administration will resettle foreign refugees from the Middle East that are currently in detention centers in Australia.
Under Trump, only 50,000 foreign refugees per year are allowed to enter the United States, a reduction of the number that were previously entering the country under former President Obama. Though the cap has been upheld in the courts, foreign nationals who have family ties to the U.S. are allowed to continue entering the country, excluded from the refugee cap.
In the case of Australia, Obama made the refugee deal with the country, telling officials that the U.S. would take up to 1,250.
Despite previous reports that Trump would cancel the Australian refugee deal, the President is going through with the plan, but the refugees will be admitted in the next Fiscal Year, noted by the Center for Immigration Studies, as the 50,000 cap for Fiscal Year 2017 has already been reached.
Previously, critics of the refugee resettlement program hoped Trump would remove the U.S. from the Australia refugee deal, citing his alleged angry phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
As Breitbart News reported, Trump had allegedly told Turnbull of the refugee deal, “This is the worst deal ever,” a sentiment which Trump campaigned on, repeatedly slamming the U.S.’s refugee program as an unsafe avenue that foreign terrorists could infiltrate.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an immigration hawk, outlined a number of cases where radical Islamic terrorists came to the U.S. through the refugee resettlement program, including the Boston marathon bombers and the Bowling Green plotters.
Trump’s travel ban has been largely upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court thus far, banning refugee resettlement from terrorist-sanctioned nations like Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.