United States President Donald Trump has found the one immigration policy more controversial than his own

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order on advancing American kidney health, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

That policy, with slogans such as “NO WAY, you will not make Australia home,” was the brainchild of current Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who Trump is meeting with Thursday ahead of this week’s G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

While that policy was successful in lowering the number of people arriving in Australia, it achieved this in part by massively expanding the number of people held in offshore detention camps on the Pacific nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

“I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country,” Trump said in the call, complaining that Australia was foisting migrants on the US.

While that particular element of Australia’s immigration policy may have frustrated the US leader, he will find much in common with Morrison when they meet on Thursday for dinner.
The meeting with a fellow anti-immigration hardliner will likely come as a relief as Trump faces increasing criticism at home for his tough border policies.
For the hundreds of people in detention camps on the US border, however, the idea that Trump is learning from Australia’s policy will inspire anything but relief.

 

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