Target: President Donald Trump
Goal: Commit to honouring the refugee deal with Australia.
President Donald Trump has threatened to renege on an agreement with Australia for the U.S. to accept 1,250 refugees currently held in the Australian Manus Island and Nauru detention camps. The majority of these refugees are from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan, and have been held in these island camps for over three years. There have been numerous allegations of abuse at the camps, including sexual assault, physical violence, and neglect, all of which have contributed to a burgeoning mental health crisis. There have also been documented suicide attempts among children held in the camp. In the wake of the executive order banning refugees from the U.S., a teenager from Iran reportedly attempted to hang himself.
The previous administration negotiated the agreement to transfer 1,250 refugees — who of course would have to undergo extensive vetting — to the U.S. The vast majority of migrants detained on Manus and Nauru have already been determined to be legitimate asylum seekers. Not only will failing to honor the deal trap these refugees in inhumane conditions, but it will also damage U.S. and Australian relations and throw many other bilateral deals into question. Sign our petition and demand that the President commit to honoring this deal.
Dear President Trump,
I was shocked to hear the mixed signals from your administration regarding the refugee transfer deal with Australia. The majority of the people held in the Manus Island and Nauru detention camps have been in detention for more than three years. There have been numerous allegations of abuse at the camps, including sexual assault and neglect. The medical facilities are inadequate and depression is rampant, leading to a number of teenage detainees attempting to take their own lives. One detainee of Iranian origin attempted to hang himself after hearing of your executive order banning refugees.
While I recognize that this deal was agreed upon by the previous administration, it remains important for the relationship between Australia and the United States. Furthermore, reneging on the deal will harm U.S. credibility in bilateral deals and may undermine relationships with other close allies. I urge you to honor this deal.
[Your Name Here]
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