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First Group Of Refugees From Australian Detention Centers Is Headed To The U.S.

It's part of a deal between the Obama administration and Australia. President Trump called the agreement "horrible" in a heated phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in January.
A handout photo from the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship shows the detention camp at Manus Island in 2012. Some asylum-seekers are heading to the U.S. for resettlement. Source: Getty Images

A few dozen refugees held in offshore detention centers run by Australia have left to be resettled in the U.S.

They are the first of up to 1,250 asylum-seekers the Obama administration agreed to accept in a deal with the Australian government in exchange for Australia accepting refugees from Central America.

It's the same deal that was the subject of a contentious phone call between President Trump and Australian. "As far as I am concerned, that is enough Malcom [sic]. I have had it."

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