This astonishing story from a longtime resident of Papua New Guinea shows how seriously broken our immigration system is. If the left and the enemedia successfully block President Trump’s reforms, there will be catastrophe in the United States.
This will be long, but I feel like people need to know this story, so they’ll realize what has been going on in the world and why America needs time to reassess our immigration policy.
I’ve been following a situation in Papua New Guinea for almost a year now … some “asylum seekers” were put on PNG’s island of Manus (and another island called Nauru) because they tried to get to Australia, which has a very strict immigration policy. There have been many problems with the arrangement.
The asylum seekers are essentially imprisoned on a tropical island they weren’t heading toward, and have complained of how they’re taken care of. Media is not allowed in. Many of the 900 men have been on Manus for 3-4 years. All are men, all are detained, all came from dangerous countries, and all have been denied Australian entry.
Australia has a strict immigration policy as I mentioned, which I won’t judge, because we don’t live where thousands try to come to our shores on makeshift boats. Australia pays for the detention camps, as they call them, and has offered the men $10,000 and travel expenses to return to their home country. Or…they may resettle in PNG (I have not been able to understand why Aus can offer this). Almost all of the men have refused; they don’t at all seem to like PNG.
Papua New Guinea, I’m so sad to say this, has been taken advantage of by Australia, and has been deeply hurt by the men housed on the island. I’ll attach one story that happened THIS WEEK to the comments – it will break every PNG MK heart. From what I can tell, PNG thought the arrangement would be very short term, but it has gone on for years. PNG’s Supreme Court ruled in May 2016 that the detainment camps are illegal and unconstitutional, yet the men remain on the PNG island as of today. Because they decided the detainment camps are illegal, they let the men roam freely on the island and…well, the story I mentioned happened.
I followed the story for many months in 2016, digging up facts, and I understand Australia’s tied hands and the detainee’s frustration, and of course I feel protective of Papua New Guinea who didn’t ask for or deserve this problem.
But I was shocked to see that within two DAYS of Hillary Clinton losing the election, the Obama administration moved swiftly to get the men into the United States. Why he did this, I cannot find an answer to. It simply doesn’t make sense : they’re all men, they’re all from dangerous countries, they’ve all been denied by Australia, and nobody asked us to help. Australia didn’t request us to do this, as it will make future asylum seekers think they can go to the US, too. PNG didn’t ask for this. President Obama just moved – to get the 900 men from mostly Iran, all Muslim, none accompanied by wives or children, into the United States. His administration completed the interviews quickly and finalized the paperwork ON Inauguration Day, HOURS before President Trump took office.
By following this one story, I’m able to understand why the new administration wants to have a 90-120 day ban on incoming refugees/asylum seekers. There have been so many coming in without most of us knowing, and rushed through the vetting process. We need a few months to stop and reassess the situation.