U.S. Supreme Court to German Homeschool Refugees: Drop Dead

By:  Alex Newman
03/05/2014
       
U.S. Supreme Court to German Homeschool Refugees: Drop Dead

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case of the the Romeike family, who are threatened with deportation after fleeing Germany in order to homeschool their children.

The Romeike family, like all homeschooling families in today’s Germany, was suffering from ruthless government persecution under a Nazi-era ban on home education originally used by Hitler to brainwash children with his murderous National Socialist ideology. In 2008, facing the prospect of having their lives destroyed and children abducted, the Christian family fled to the United States seeking educational freedom in the “Land of the Free.” Now, thanks to Obama and the Supreme Court, they must find another home. (Update on March 4: Homeland Security will not be deporting the family for the foreseeable future. See link below.)

At first, a federal judge awarded the Romeike family asylum, noting that the German government’s infamous violation of fundamental rights amounted to persecution and was “abhorrent” to everything Americans believe. The Obama administration, however, disagreed. Claiming that the Hitler-era ban on home education and the vicious state terror used to enforce it did not constitute persecution, the administration successfully appealed the asylum ruling, seeking to have the Romeike family deported. 

“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Obama Justice Department, led by disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder, claimed in a legal brief filed in court last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, all but sealing the Romeike family’s fate. With the path now clear for the parents and their six children to be deported, the family could face massive fines, imprisonment, and the potentially the abduction of their children for re-education by German authorities. However, the Romeikes and their supporters are not ready to surrender just yet.

“While this is the end of the line for normal legal appeals, we are not giving up,” said Michael Farris, Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association and lead counsel for the family in the appellate courts. “We will pursue changes to the asylum law in this country to ensure that religious freedom is once again vigorously protected in our policy.”

As The New American reported, the Obama administration’s bizarre behavior and arguments in the high-profile case left homeschooling advocates furious. In fact, more than a few analysts said that in addition to putting the Romeike family at risk of barbaric persecution, the Justice Department was essentially arguing that parents do not really have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children — putting the God-given rights of Americans in jeopardy, too.

According to current 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. Illegal immigrants who cross the border illegally, meanwhile, are supposed to be deported to their country of origin.

Click here to read the entire article and update.

Photo shows Romeike family in 2009: AP Images

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