Why Every American Parent Should Follow the Romeike Case

Obama, Holder and ICE attempting to give German homeschoolers das boot!

The Romeikes, an evangelical Christian homeschool family, fled their native Germany in 2008 after uniformed police officers came to their house and forcibly dragged their children to government-run schools.

Soon afterward, the Romeikes sought asylum in the United States where they could follow their religious convictions and educate their children at home. They were granted refugee status in the U.S. by immigration judge, Lawrence O. Burman.

In his decision, Burman took the German government to task for their oppressive policy of persecuting homeschoolers by stating that the German policy “is repellent to everything we believe in as Americans.” Judge Burman observed that the rights being denied the Romeikes were “basic human rights that no country has a right to violate.

Unfortunately, after just two months, the Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals overturned Judge Burman’s decision, contending that Germany’s ban on homeschooling doesn’t violate the Romeikes’ human rights.

In essence the Obama administration is persecuting this family for following the same track that millions of our forefathers did: seeking freedom in America where they can pursue religious freedom and educate their children without government interference.

As this story has gained traction in the mainstream media, many average Americans are asking themselves why they should care about one obscure, German, Christian homeschooling family. Perhaps the bigger question Americans should ask is “why the Obama administration, via the Justice Department and Attorney General, which is funded by our tax dollars, is investing excessive effort to export a harmless family that came into the country legally as refugees?”

The Obama Administration has stonewalled the deportation of the president’s own uncle, even after he was brought up under drunk driving charges. The administration also welcomes illegal immigrants (sorry AP, for not jumping on the PC bandwagon) who circumvent the court system and rewards them with nearly all the benefits of full citizenship –a driver’s license, public education, healthcare and a voter’s registration card.

Meanwhile the Romeike family gets pushed to the front of the ICE deportation line for seeking the fundamental freedom to raise and educate their children according to their faith.

In his oral statement, Judge Burman argued, “Homeschoolers are a particular social group that the German government is trying to suppress. This family has a well-founded fear of persecution…therefore they are eligible for asylum.”

Yet the Obama Administration, while disregarding millions of illegal immigrants and Mexican drug lords sneaking over the Southern borders, dismissed the judge’s argument and immediately set their sights on an innocuous homeschooling family from Germany.

In its appeal, the ICE argued that the United States government does in fact have the authority to prohibit homeschooling. While this assertion alone should send chills up the back of every homeschool family, it shouldn’t necessarily surprise us. For years, statists have been trying to loosen the parental grip on children and herd them into the “collective” (channeling MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry).

In a nutshell, in their argument to deport the Romeikes back to Germany where they face fines, possible jail time, and even removal of their children, the Obama Administration is saying something very profound about parents’ rights to homeschool their own children, and parents’ rights in general.

According to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his case against the Romeike family, a law that bans homeschooling does not violate parents’ fundamental right to educate their children as they see fit.

So for American parents who do not believe that a deportation case against a religious homeschooling family directly impacts you…think again. The Obama Administration’s effort to undermine parental rights to educate our children is just one degree of separation from dismantling every other parental right. Parental control extends beyond academic choices. It includes the right to choose what we feed our children and the right to refuse medical procedures such as vaccines.

This case should be on the radar screen of every parent who values the freedom to raise and educate our children without government interference.

This case goes before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on April 23rd. In the meantime, a petition has been put up on the White House and has already amassed more than 100,000 signatures. Please visit HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) to sign the petition.

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