From The Federalist:
Even sharing the burden of refugee resettlement makes some sense when you consider that many Near Eastern refugees cannot get themselves to the United States and are packed into teeming camps in nearby Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Those countries are poorer than ours and lack the capacity to house millions of newly homeless foreigners. Other states with more money and room (like the Gulf Arab states) might be expected to help out.
But Australia? Australia is as rich as we are and even more sparsely populated. It is, like the United States, a nation heavily settled by immigrants that continues to admit immigrants today. Yet we are meant to believe that refugees who make it to Australia cannot possibly stay there. What’s more, we are told it is America’s responsibility to fix the situation.