Wednesday, April 20, 2016
South Carolina ponders bill implementing downstream liability for those who host refugees
South Carolina is considering a bill that would expose churches and social service organizations that register and help resettle any overseas political refugees to downstream civil liability for any “crimes” that the refugees commit. Mark Hetfield and Jack Moline have an op-ed on p. A17 of today’s Washington Post, “A bill that fails refugees and religion”
The bill is in the state senate. It would seem to apply to refugees from any country for any reason, including LGBT refugees from Russia and African countries as well as Syrian refugees.
But the occurrence of “Trojans” among Syrian refugees makes the moral case for hosting them much more problematic at a personal level.