Troubling case about German family bothers me

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:47 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

A political asylum case involving a German family is not something that is normally on my mind. That changed when I read the story of the Romeike family.
The Romeikes fled Germany in 2008 to come to the United States to escape fear of religious persecution.
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike wanted to home school their children. Unfortunately, in Germany, home schooling is banned because they don’t want what they describe as religious minorities in their country.
Political asylum is typically given to families who fear persecution because of their race, nationality, origin, ethnicity, cultural or religious beliefs, or political activity.
Sure enough in 2010, an immigration judge granted the family refuge. Unfortunately, that move was soon followed by the Department of Homeland Security, who argued the Romeikes don’t deserve asylum.
Their argument is that a law in Germany banning home schooling does not violate the family’s human rights. So is the government against home schooling? It appears that the government, at least not in this case, doesn’t think highly of it and finds a way to put distance between it and religion eventhough most home school journeys begin due to religious beliefs.
The case has made it to the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and it will be interesting to see what the result will be.
If the family is deported back to Germany, Uwe and Hannelore would likely lose custody of their children.
The couple has been on record in saying that German schools teach students to disrespect authority figures. They also are reportedly graphic in their description of sexual relations. Germany believes all children should be socialized and public school is a method to make this happen.
These parents, due to their faith, don’t want to expose their children to this teaching and prefer to home school. As someone who also home schools, I find myself sympathizing with this couple. But now they face the possibility of not only being deported. The kids would likely be taken away from the parents in Germany.
What bothers me is that the U.S. currently has millions of illegal immigrants that might some day get amnesty. But as for this family that was first noted to be in our country legally, it now has an uncertain future and could be broken up forever.
Please be sure to keep an ear out for this case. I’ll try to update you as I learn more.
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