By now, you have probably heard that gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, Russia are being kidnapped, tortured and killed in facilities that reportedly are comparable to concentration camps. Dozens of men are in hiding.
Here’s part of the story you may not have heard: The Russian LGBT Network, an advocacy group that’s been helping Chechens escape, has been in touch with the U.S. embassy about securing visas for people trying to flee. While the U.S. hasn’t outright denied anyone yet, it has said in as many words that it will not be providing visas to Chechens trying to get out.
“We were informed there was no political will,” said the spokesperson, who asked her name be withheld because of security concerns. “They’re not going to provide visas. They’re going to support us in other ways, but not with visas.” […]
A US State Department spokesperson said on background that all visa applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and the Chechens are eligible to apply. But US law does not have a visa category that allows someone to come directly to the US because of threats in their home country. Unless their situation fell into an unrelated category — like if they had a job offer in the US or were being reunited with a family member — they would only be eligible for tourist visas that would require them to prove they would return to Russia.
“Nonimmigrant visa classifications and qualifications are set by U.S. law, as passed by Congress,” the spokesperson said. “There is no visa classification designated specifically for humanitarian relief.” […]
The Chechens are not eligible to apply to come to the US as refugees because they are still inside their native country — someone fleeing persecution generally can only be considered a refugee once they’ve left their country of origin. A Russia LGBT Network official said US diplomats recommended Chechens try applying to the US after leaving Russia, but he worried that this could jeopardize their ability to ultimately reach a safe country legally if that route failed. There is also a risk they could be returned to Russia on trumped up charges. Many of the foreign fighters who have joined groups like ISIS have come from Chechnya, leading to concerns about Chechen asylum seekers.
“They need refuge,” he said. “Not once did officials offer any specific solutions.”
Officials say they’re still looking for other ways that Chechens could come to the United States safely:
The Council for Global Equality, which advocates for LGBT rights in US foreign policy, said in a statement to BuzzFeed News that the organization was still hopeful an avenue could be found for the Chechens to come to the US despite the fact that the “Russian LGBT Network has been discouraged by their interactions with U.S. officials.”
“We believe there are still options available in extreme cases like this and we are in contact with Russian LGBT activists and US government officials to continue to explore those options,” the statement said. “We hope there is political will on the Hill and within the Administration to provide a safe haven in the United States for carefully vetted claims. As advocates, it’s our job to try to make that case here in Washington.”
Is this the “great again” America we were promised, Mr. President? Is this what greatness looks like to you?
Hello Mr Ryan, Mr Trump, and whomever else this may concern.
(And, if you are an American of any stripe, then as it turns
out it also concerns you.)
I am a family physician. I interact with your constituents
all day, every day. I hear about their problems, their struggles, and often the
limitations they face regarding healthcare. I try to help them when I can. That’s
my job in a nutshell.
So let me tell you about one of your constituents who also
happened to become my patient. Let’s call him Bob.
Bob is a middle aged man who worked full time at an entry
level manual labor type job. The kind of job you spend 40 hrs/wk working but
still hover around the poverty line. The kind of job with no benefits. He didn’t
go to the doctor and had no health insurance but as far as he knew he also didn’t
have any health problems. Until one day he started feeling unwell. This
persisted for a few days and he refused to let his wife take him to the doctor.
He was worried about the cost and figured he’d get better in a few days anyway.
Only he didn’t. He got worse and his wife called an ambulance.
Enter the healthcare system.
Actually, let’s skip ahead to the final diagnosis. Bob has
type 2 diabetes. Newly diagnosed. Easy. Boring. Right? Except Bob clearly had
diabetes for some time, unbeknownst to him. When he arrived in the Emergency
Department he was in septic shock. He was riddled with large abscesses in his
internal organs and soft tissues. Both his lower limbs were necrotic. He had
osteomyelitis in multiple locations. What’s really amazing though is that he
lived. He had both his legs amputated below the knees and was hospitalized for
weeks. All told he had 8 or 9 surgeries. He required weeks of additional IV
antibiotics. But he ultimately got better. And his diabetes is well controlled
now on pretty minimal medication.
During his hospital stay he was enrolled in Medicaid which,
fortunately, will pay for all this medical expense. So let’s look at this from
an economic perspective for a quick minute. This is a man who very quickly
racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical bills for which the
government will pay. He is wheelchair bound now and on disability, again on the
government’s tab. He will certainly have additional complications during his
lifetime including pressure ulcers, infections, chronic kidney disease, etc.
All told this one individual is costing/will cost the government millions of
For want of a couple hundred bucks of prevention.
A routine visit to any PCP would have certainly identified
his diabetes earlier and, as it turns out, he only needs like $30/month of
medication to control it.
This is the tragedy of healthcare in America. That few
hundred bucks of prevention is the ‘entitlement’ you and your fellow
Republicans want to remove. This is of course saying nothing of the great
personal cost to Bob in terms of his quality of life, physical, and
psychological well being. Your bill that was withdrawn on Friday was nothing
short of an abomination. Now, you might say I have chosen an extreme example to
make a political point. Only I haven’t. I have multiple Bob like patients. Ask
any PCP, especially in rural and urban underserved America. I promise you they
will all know Bob. They will all have multiple Bobs on their panel.
Obamacare is not perfect, but it is progress. You must
understand that prevention is cheap and to continue to make progress Obamacare
must be augmented and refined, not ‘repealed and replaced’. Anything else is a
complete affront to the American people. So please, cut your political BS and draft
some useful legislation with input from actual physicians and other folks who
understand that yes, healthcare is complicated. Perhaps you could ask Mr. Obama
for some tips.
What white people have to do is try and find out in their own hearts why it was necessary to have a ‘nigger’ in the first place, because I’m not a nigger, I’m a man. But if you think I’m a nigger, it means you need him. The question that you’ve got to ask yourself … If I’m not the nigger here and you invented him, you the white people invented him, then you’ve got to find out why. And the future of the country depends on that, whether or not is it able to ask that question.
Warnings: This is the end!! I hope you guys liked this two section series, it was sooo much fun to write. I have a few fanfic ideas queued up right now so stick around!! Hope you all like it and don’t hate me too much xx
Not a day went by that you didn’t think about Bucky but as time went on, you found that it didn’t hurt as much when his face crossed your mind. The ropy scar on your arm had faded to a thin pink line after years of healing and even as years and years passed, you never took the locket off. You’d put minuscule pictures of Bucky in the left side and a picture of Steve holding Layla in the right of the gold heart so whenever you opened it, you remembered how truly lucky you’d been to have had the chance to love them both and have a beautiful daughter, despite the pain you’d endured in this life.
I can’t believe myself… writing up a really in-depth analysis of APH America & APH England’s cannon relationship. Kind of addresses the England and America being related subject, blows holes through it, actually.
You whirled on your heel and faced off with the soldier, nose-to-nose, and your frustration that burned softly flared into a raging fire as you glared into the very eyes you trusted with your life, but not your decisions.
“I am doing this, Steve,” you hissed. “I can’t stand by while there are people that need our help.”
You had already turned to storm through an open doorway in the warehouse he tracked you down to, your makeshift headquarters were reliable to stay under the radar and the stolen computers and systems around you slightly baffled the righteous man. You didn’t bother to look at him while you walked over to a table and finished hooking up your gear, because you knew he wouldn’t get any closer.
Steve’s reprimanding tone carried to where you stood, tense and pissed off. “Is that why you ran away?” You stopped and he continued, “Because we let innocent people die? It’s been two years since the Accords and we can’t choose our battles anymore.”
“You can’t,” you said quietly, the bonfire reduced to a flicker. “I left because I knew you were tired of fighting the system. You save the world and I save the city.”
You finally faced him and the hard set of his jaw was no more, his features open and eyes raw with emotion in place of the stoic demeanor before, and it made your heart squeeze in your chest.
Steve was just as beautiful as the day you left. He looked exhausted, but still the same. It was like the world was playing some sick joke on you.
“Come home.” His arms dropped to his sides and he stepped forward. “No one has to know where you’ve been or what you’ve been doing.” Steve diminished the space between the both of you until he was close enough to touch and he whispered, “Come with me.”
It felt as if a rock was lodged in your throat, making it hard to breathe as every part of you wanted to give in, but you wouldn’t do it. You just swallowed and the rock turned into a boulder that buried itself in the pit of your stomach, heavy and cold, like the reminder of what you were giving up.
To spare yourself anymore pain, you said, “Goodbye, Steve.”
yall making posts abt how dumb the ppl waiting for schezwan sauce are but it was the company who teased & falsely advertised the sauce when they knew how high the demand was. mcdonalds could have made enough for the locations who advertised it but instead they barely fulfilled their promise & caused ppl to take time out of their day waiting for smth tht wasnt there. plus the employees who had to deal with all the backlash. like ok laugh and mock at the consumers but are yall for the 99% or the 1% on this. do u hate the company or the customers and workers. fuck man
I’ve always thought of America as really smart but he acts like an idiot in front of most other nations. So, naturally, around other nations he is basically the same as Skipper the penguin from Madagascar. Self-centered, oblivious, and incredibly American.