Obama Bid to Deport Homeschool Refugees May Threaten U.S. Rights

By:  Alex Newman
02/15/2013
       
Obama Bid to Deport Homeschool Refugees May Threaten U.S. Rights

Homeschooling advocates are up in arms after Obama’s Justice Department, led by disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder, claimed that a ban on home education was not a violation of fundamental human rights and that, as such, the ruthlessly persecuted Romeike family should be deported to Germany. Experts say deporting the innocent homeschoolers to face barbaric German authorities — infamous worldwide for lawlessly abducting homeschooled children and jailing home-educating parents — would be bad enough. Particularly troubling for Americans in general, however, is that the case could set a dangerous precedent for U.S. freedom, too.

Homeschooling advocates are up in arms after Obama’s Justice Department, led by disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder, claimed that a ban on home education was not a violation of fundamental human rights and that, as such, the ruthlessly persecuted Romeike family should be deported to Germany. Experts say deporting the innocent homeschoolers to face barbaric German authorities — infamous worldwide for lawlessly abducting homeschooled children and jailing home-educating parents — would be bad enough. Particularly troubling for Americans in general, however, is that the case could set a dangerous precedent for U.S. freedom, too.

The Romeikes, who fled outrageous persecution in Germany so that they could homeschool in peace and freedom in America, were awarded asylum in the United States by a federal immigration judge in 2010. They had fled from their native land two years earlier to escape the extreme punishments meted out to homeschoolers there. According to U.S. law, persecuted members of particular social groups — home educating families or Christians, for example — are supposed to be allowed to stay in the Land of the Free to avoid further persecution in their homelands.

With help from the U.S.-based Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), the Romeikes, evangelical Christians who refused to surrender their children to the German government’s “education” system in the face of a Nazi-era ban on homeschooling, were granted political refugee status. The family, which currently lives and homeschools in Tennessee, argued successfully in court that they were being persecuted for their beliefs and homeschooling by German authorities — officials who refuse to respect human rights and engaged in a vicious campaign that included massive fines, threats to remove parental custody, and jail time.

“We can't expect every country to follow our Constitution. The world might be a better place if it did," noted U.S. Immigration Judge Lawrence Burman in his ruling, which was celebrated by human rights activists worldwide. “However, the rights being violated here are basic human rights that no country has a right to violate. Homeschoolers are a particular social group that the German government is trying to suppress. This family has a well-founded fear of persecution." In his verdict, the judge called the ruthless German persecution "repellent to everything we believe as Americans."

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