U.S. lawmakers are pressuring President Barack Obama’s administration to release the details regarding its confidential deal with Australia regarding the resettlement of over 2,000 refugees in the country. If the deal pushes through, then the U.S. could be facing another influx of immigrants from high-risk countries such as Syria and Somalia.
In a letter to the White House, chairmen Bob Goodlatte of the House Judiciary Committee and Charles Grassley of the Senate Judiciary Committee urged the president to disclose the details about the deal. According to the congressmen, American taxpayers have the right to know about the possible resettlement since they will most likely shoulder the cost of its expenses.
“The American people have a right to be fully aware of the actions of their government regarding foreign national who may be admitted to the United States,” Goodlatte and Grassley wrote according to The Washington Times.
“American taxpayers not only foot the bill for the majority of the refugee resettlement in the United States, but they bear any consequences regarding the security implications of those admitted to the U.S.,” they added.
If Australia and the Obama administration come to an agreement, then the U.S. could become the new home of over 2,400 refugees from countries with high terrorist activities such as Somalia and Syria.
Fortunately, the deal could still be revered under President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming government. Ever since the campaign period, Trump has always maintained a strong stance against the arrival of immigrants in the country. Aside from enforcing strict border patrols, he also aims to execute mass deportations and cut funding for sanctuary cities that protect refugees from U.S. immigration laws.
Recently, Trump reassured his supporters that he is still determined to enact these anti-immigration policies following the attack on Ohio State University that was orchestrated by a refugee from Somalia.