Wednesday, January 13, 2016

In eastern Europe, gay volunteers honored for work with Syrian refugees

Michael Lavers reports, in a Washington Blade story Jan. 12, “Slovenian newspaper honors gay man for refugee work”  The newspaper Delo honored Jure Poglagenn in Lubljana with Slovenian president Borut Paho.

Jure and a male partner worked with refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos, which sounds ironic.
But the work is not related directly to the issue of gay people in Russia and some African countries seeking asylum.

Last week, the Cato Institute held a forum on immigration (Issues blog, Jan. 6) and it was pointed out that federal law right now does not normally allow private interests to help out individual refugees overseas over the procedures of DHS.   There have sometimes been some “memorandum of understanding” documents that have allowed this in certain circumstances (like the Mariel Boat Lift from Cuba in 1970).  Churches could try to send volunteers overseas but this would not be practical for most people.

Update: January 14

"United We Dream" reports that 36 LGBGTQ organizations have called on President Obama to "stop raids, provide immediate relief to immigrants". I got an email about this today. 

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