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Forced deportations begin on Manus Island

The Australian government must urgently intervene to halt the forced deportation of Australia's detainees on Manus Island.

"Under the cover of darkness, at least one person seeking asylum has been forcibly removed from Manus Island," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"With the illegal detention centre being forced to close and the uncertainty around the US 'deal', this seems to be Peter Dutton's only 'solution' to the humanitarian crisis he has overseen."

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Parliament should have the power to block Trump

The Greens will move to amend Australia's visa laws to give Parliament the power to block foreign leaders from visiting Australia on the grounds of character.

"Parliament is sovereign in this country," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said

"Consistent with our position that Parliament should have the final say on Australia going to war, we believe that Parliament should have the right to refuse entry to, or deport, foreign leaders on the basis of their character."

"This issue has been crystallised for us by Donald Trump becoming US President."

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Ditch the dud deal and bring the refugees to Australia

Malcolm Turnbull should scrap his refugee "deal" with the US and bring people detained on Manus Island and Nauru to Australia , Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"It is becoming increasingly clear that Mr Turnbull is placing his faith in a xenophobic and anti-immigration US President who has a track record of dishonesty and lies," Senator McKim said.

"Only a fool would take Trump at his word."

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End the US impasse, bring refugees to Australia

Malcolm Turnbull should end the uncertainty and confusion over the US refugee "deal" and bring the people to Australia, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"It is now clear that the US deal relies on an unhinged, dishonest President," Senator McKim said.

"People should be very concerned about what Mr Turnbull is prepared to do to get this deal done."

"As we now know, the deal does not commit the US to accept a single person."

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Dutton must intervene to help pregnant woman on Nauru

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton must immediately intervene so a pregnant woman on Nauru suffering serious health problems can receive medical assistance, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"I have today written to Mr Dutton seeking his urgent intervention in this case," Senator McKim said.

"Medical specialists have demanded that she be immediately brought to Australia to receive the care she so desperately needs."

"It is really sad that we need to ask the Immigration Minister to show basic humanity to people who are in his care."

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Companies risk reputational damage with offshore contracts

The four companies that have expressed an interest in multibillion-dollar government contracts for detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru should be aware of the reputational harm  of being associated with policies of cruelty and harm.

A Senate estimates question on notice from Australian Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim revealed Serco, Decmil Services, Canstruct and Ostwald Bros have expressed interest in taking over the major contract for Australia's offshore detention centres.

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Dutton's push for White Australia Policy Mark II

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's proposed visa changes are deeply xenophobic and a continuation of his attack on multiculturalism in Australia.

"This nothing less than a blueprint to return our country to the divisive days of the White Australia Policy," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"As the Department of Social Services noted, this proposal will 'undermine Australia's social cohesion' and create a two-tiered society."

"This will increase the risk factors that cause violent extremism."

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Immigration Department reveals gaping holes in US "Deal"

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has confirmed that the US is not obliged to accept a particular number of refugees, or indeed any, under the terms of its "deal" with the Australian government.

"We  learned today that the agreement provides no certainty whatsoever for the men, women and children that Australia has detained on Manus Island and Nauru," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

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Time for Turnbull to come clean on US deal

The federal government's must end its secrecy over its "deal" with the United States to resettle refugees from Manus Island and Nauru.

"The government's lack of information about this arrangement is causing significant anxiety to people detained on Manus Island and Nauru," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to reveal how many people will be resettled in the United States, under what conditions, and how long will it take."

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Government admits offshore detention a dead-end

The federal government's announcement of a deal with the United States is an admission that offshore detention has to end, but still leaves people on Manus Island and Nauru facing an uncertain future.

"After three years, the government has finally admitted that offshore detention is a dead-end, but has offered no certainty that people will not be left behind to languish on Manus Island and Nauru," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

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