While I can certainly understand the feelings of Americans about this deal, we need to get some facts straight.
These people were not criminals or mentally disturbed people removed from Australia. They were on their way here by sea like 50,000 before them when the gates were shut. Smugglers had made a killing getting these people to Australia, and many lives were lost at sea. The Australian government decided that to allow the last ones in would show a weakness that smugglers would exploit, and this could once again open the floodgates. So they and everyone else who thought that the free lunch would never end had to be made to understand that we meant what we said.
A few have gone to Cambodia or were offered a trip back to their countries, but they are not forced. So they sat in Nauru and Manus hoping that Australia will relent.
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It is sad for them, but most were economic refugees not fleeing persecution at all, and they just thought that they could go where they liked. Letting them in now would mean that Australia has caved in and the flood would re-commence.
They would now have a grudge against Australia, but could not have one against a country that offers to take them – one would hope that they show deep gratitude.