If Malaysia is part of any arrangement it will provoke a furious response from Labor, after the Coalition scuttled a refugee-swap deal with that country brokered by the Gillard government in 2011. The prime minister said the agreement had been preceded by "months and months of very careful planning".
The law would cover those who tried to reach Australia by boat from mid-2013 and would block them from obtaining any visa, including tourist and business visas.
"But by holding off and starting the process in the expectation that Hillary Clinton would win the U.S. presidency, it gives Trump the ability to reject the deal".
President-elect Trump said on the campaign trail that he would tighten immigration, particularly for Muslims.
Immigration Department Secretary Chief Michael Pezzullo told a parliamentary committee on Friday that "today we are closer than we were yesterday" to resettling asylum seekers from Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
Turnbull said at the time that the agreement to resettle Hondurans and El Salvadoreans was "not linked to any other resettlement discussions" involving Australia's refugees getting to the U.S.
Asked whether the deal would survive a Trump administration, Mr Turnbull said: 'We have a very long history of co-operation with the United States where we, in matters of this kind, are able to pursue our mutual and our respective humanitarian and national security objectives'.
The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) said the Sunday announcement was a "much-needed, long-term solution", warning that the arrangement should be applied to everyone on Manus and Nauru.
"There are some people who if the United States is offered to them, certainly they will take it", Rintoul said, adding that several would prefer Australia where they had family.
The Australian and United States governments did not say how many refugees were part of the resettlement plan.
"The Iranian asylum seekers may leave the country legally and go to Indonesia and then take "boats of death".
Mr Trump has proposed banning Muslims from the USA, and numerous refugees in the Australian centres are Muslims from countries such as Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.
However the deal is still light on detail, he pointed out, questioning whether families who had been split between mainland Australia and offshore detention would be reunited in the U.S.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton laid out three options-none of them involving Cambodia-for the refugees now on Nauru: the US, their home countries or a 20-year visa to stay on Nauru.
No asylum seekers boats have reached Australia in more than 800 days.
"This leaves around 500 people whose refugee status hasn't yet been confirmed, plus another 320 people who are already here in Australia after being brought back from offshore detention for medical treatment", Webb said.
In a new statement Monday, McKim stressed that the government "must end its secrecy over its "deal" due to the lack of information "causing significant anxiety to people detained on Manus Island and Nauru".
CORRECTION: This article was amended to say that the allegations against the Save the Children staff were repeated, not made, by Mr Morrison after he received them in an intelligence report. There seemed no short-term hope for asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, a male-only camp holding 873 men.