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U.S.-Australia asylum seeker deal to provide Trump early test

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 01:23

President-elect Donald Trump will face an early test on immigration when a U.S.-Australia asylum seeker deal kicks in after Trump assumes office. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The joint U.S.-Australia deal comes into effect after Donald Trump becomes president. It involves the resettlement of 1,200 asylum seekers now camped on Papa New Guinea and the Pacific Island of Nauru. Those asylum seekers will be coming to live in the United States. "The process will continue for some months." Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he doesn't expect Trump to veto the deal, stressing the numbers behind it. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, MALCOLM TURNBULL SAYING: "The United States is not taking any additional refugees here, the refugees that they take under this arrangement will be part of their overall quota." Trump campaigned on promises to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. He later adjusted the stance to ban people from countries he says have been compromised by terrorism. Many of those in Nauru and Papa New Guinea are Muslims. They also have fled war-torn countries like Iraq and Syria. Some Australians have been protesting against the treatment of the refugees, putting pressure on Turnbull to make sure the U.S. follows through with the deal, or find another country willing to take them in.

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U.S.-Australia asylum seeker deal to provide Trump early test

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 01:23