USA officials delay interviews with asylum seekers in Australian camps, report says

A protester holds a placard in Sydney. Credit Reuters  David Gray

Rintoul said protesters wanted refugees in offshore detention at Nauru and Manus Island to be brought to Australia.

In the business world, a deal is something you enter into when there is a benefit to doing so, and Trump himself has many strategies for doing this on the most favorable terms possible. But Bishop told reporters while on the election trail in Western Australia on Saturday that she understood interviewing and vetting was still taking place.

Bishop said both countries were still working through the details of the agreement, which sparked a rare diplomatic spat between the two staunch allies, with Trump berating Australia's prime minister in an angry phone call.

Senator McKim will this week give a notice of motion calling for all documents related to the deal - which would see America take in refugees now held on Manus Island and Nauru - to be laid on the table in parliament.

While the Obama administration and Australian government have not said the U.S received something in return as part of the deal, the parties signed their agreement two months after Turnbull agreed to help the US resettle refugees fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Two months before the deal was struck, Turnbull agreed at a summit in NY to accept Central American refugees who had escaped violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and were being held in US-funded facilities in Costa Rica.

The Australian government, which maintains a strict policy of not allowing anyone who tries to reach the country by boat to settle here, has never detailed the nationalities of the detainees but refugee advocates say most are from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Sudan.


He complained about thousands of "illegal immigrants", called the deal "dumb" and said he would to look into it.

Trump allegedly told Turnbull it was "the worst deal ever" and Turnbull was attempting to export the "next Boston bombers". "It doesn't make sense for the U.S.to take them".

Australia's offshore detention camps have often been criticized by the United Nations watchdogs for harsh conditions.

But US President Donald Trump's executive order cracking down on refugees has caused uncertainty and slowed down the approvals process. But in 2012, Australia began processing refugees on the Pacific Islands Manus and Nauru.

In the case of US-Australia however, the exact opposite has happened. They say numerous internees suffer mental illnesses after spending years in the camps.

Given that Australia isn't willing to take responsibility for them, it's hard to imagine the Turnbull government would put any actual pressure on the United States to adhere to the previously negotiated arrangement.

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