USA confirms refugee deal with Australia will go ahead

USA confirms refugee deal with Australia will go ahead

USA confirms refugee deal with Australia will go ahead

On Tuesday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters the agreement specifically deals with 1250 people.

Despite the restrictions on refugees, Trump on Sunday told Turnbull the US would honour its agreement to resettle an unspecified number of refugees held in Australian processing centres on remote Pacific islands in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

Turnbull's comments came just one day after he refused to comment on Trump's travel ban, and just two days after his first phone call with Trump as the U.S. president.

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"Australian passport holders will be able to travel to the United States in the same way they were able to prior to the executive order", said Turnbull.

'Part of the deal is they have to be vetted in the same manner that we are doing now.

Monday's confirmation surprised and angered many politicians, coming as the United States toughens its stance on Muslim immigration, as most of the asylum seekers involved in the deal with Australia are Muslims from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Only refugees - those recognised as having a well-founded fear of persecution in their home country - will be considered for resettlement.

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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.

Last week Mr Trump placed a temporary ban on refugees being admitted to the USA and other strict border measures targeting seven countries including Iran, Iraq and Syria. There are a small number of Syrians. Guardian Australia cited sources on Manus as saying that further vetting could take from six to twelve months and that only those who qualify as refugees will be considered. USA authorities have visited both Nauru and Manus to outline the interview and vetting process.

Mr Trump has come under fire after signing an executive order putting a temporary stop to refugees and people from certain countries entering the United States, but he said that the step was "not a Muslim ban".

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Turnbull declined to say how many refugees might be resettled in the United States. He said it violated the most basic tenets of the American nation. "So it is a process-driven arrangement rather than a numerical arrangement".

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