A group of roughly 50 refugees formerly held in Australian-run detention centers on two Pacific islands have reportedly departed for the United States, in a major step to fulfill what President Donald Trump once called the “worst deal ever.” The group is the first of 1,250 refugees ultimately expected to resettle in the United States, as part of an agreement with the Australian government the Obama administration brokered. In exchange, Australia is accepting refugees held in US-run detention centers in central America. Up to 25 men left a facility on Manus Island earlier this week, and another group of 27 men and women left a second facility on the island of Nauru on Wednesday, NPR reported on Thursday. The refugees who will soon arrive in the US are originally from Bangladesh, Iran, Sri Lanka, Somalia, and Myanmar, Australia’s Refugee Action Coalition said in a statement. They will be resettled across the US, in states including Arizona, Texas, California, Oregon, and New York. Trump had raged about the deal to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a now-infamous phone call that took place in January. The transcripts of the call were published by The Washington Post in August, and revealed a… Read full this story
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