American Anti-Immigrant Group Bashes Deal To Accept Refugees From Nauru, PNG

Group doubts Obama administration will be able to resettle people before Trump assumes Presidency

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 16, 2016) – The Federation for American Immigration Reform has expressed surprise at a deal allowing Australia to settle some of its refugees in the United States.

[PIR editor's note: The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the Federation for American Immigration Reform [FAIR} as a hate group "with one mission: to severely limit immigration into the United States. Although FAIR maintains a veneer of legitimacy that has allowed its principals to testify in Congress and lobby the federal government, this veneer hides much ugliness. ... FAIR leaders have ties to white supremacist groups and eugenicists and have made many racist statements. "

The group said Americans should have been told before last week's presidential election about the Australian-US negotiations for refugees kept on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and Nauru.

A spokesman for the group Ira Mehlman said it was basically a slap in the face to the voters who made their position clear last week.

He said he believes any transfer would have to be completed before Donald Trump is sworn in as president on January 20.

However, Mr Mehlman said it was hard to imagine they could resettle everybody within that timespan.

There has been no word from the incoming US administration about the transfer programme.

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