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posted Friday, December 11, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 50
LGBT Syrian refugees get priority, White House says
But no guaranteed places
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LGBT Syrian refugees get priority, White House says
But no guaranteed places

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

LGBT refugees from Syria will get 'priority' in settlement in the United States, but will not get guaranteed placement.

In response to questions from the Washington Blade newspaper, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest rejected calls by some LGBT activist to set aside 500 slots for LGBT refugees among the 10,000 the Obama administration has promised to take in.

'When it comes to our refugee resettlement efforts, the United States does not set aside quotas like what you just described,' Earnest said.

'But what the United States does do, in terms of resettling refugees, is prioritize the cases of those who are deemed to be the most vulnerable - those who have been subjected to acts of torture, those who have been singled out because of their minority status in one way or another.'

Asked by the Blade if the 'most vulnerable' would include LGBT people facing persecution, Earnest said LGBT people would be among the groups facing persecution that would meet that definition.

Speaking generally about atrocities reportedly committed by ISIS, Earnest said the tactics of the terrorist group 'have shown a callous disregard for basic human rights.'

'And it is certainly no secret that there are a variety of ways in which they offend those basic rights and trample those rights,' Earnest said. 'That's one of the reasons the president has mobilized such a strong international coalition to destroy them.'

The State Department also insisted that no quota would be set for LGBT Syrian refugees, although cases of extreme persecution would be made a priority.

'The U.S. does not establish quotas o?r set-asides for refugee applicants based on type of claim (race, religion, membership in a particular social group, etc.),' a State Department spokesperson said.

'Each refugee applicant is considered for U.S. resettlement based upon the merits of his or her individual claim, which could include persecution based on being LGBT.'

The Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration (ORAM) has initiated an online petition asking the United States to set aside 500 slots for LGBT Syrians seeking to escape from ISIS persecution.

Neil Grungras, executive director of ORAM, said he agrees with the White House that the most vulnerable refugees should be a priority, which is why his organization will 'continue to advocate' for guaranteed placement of LGBT refugees.

'Living under a constant threat of being thrown from the top of a building or beheaded simply because of your sexual orientation or gender identity is about as extreme a form of persecution as you can imagine,' Grungras said.

'Escaping that threat only to live in constant fear of being killed by other refugees or locals is too much for any human to bear.'

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