(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) Senior Republican lawmakers on Tuesday called on the Obama administration to reverse an "unprecedented" decision to hide the details of a refugee transfer agreement by classifying the information.
"[C]lassification of an agreement regarding individuals to be considered for admission by the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is unprecedented," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., wrote in a letter to the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
The letter pertains to a deal struck by Secretary of State John Kerry and the Australian government, by which the United States will accept 2,400 refugees who were denied entry into the Australia. The migrants are currently being held outside Australia in offshore detention centers, which have been a source of international embarrassment and domestic political infighting for the Australian government.
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