Home Schooling Romeike Family Denied Asylum

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The 6th District Court of Appeals upheld the Obama administration’s denial of asylum to the Romeike family, a family of Evangelical Christians who are home schooling their children in the United States. The family fled Germany when they were ordered to send their children to the public school or face jail terms and loss of parental rights.

The family is home schooling for religious reasons.

The appeals court decision said that “the Romeikes [have] not shown that Germany’s enforcement of its general school-attendance law amounts to persecution against them, whether on grounds of religion or membership in a recognized social group.”

The case is being appealed. The 6th Circuit full court could hear the case but that rarely happens. The only option after that is the SCOTUS but they don’t hear every case.

The United States granted asylum and welfare benefits to the Tsarnaevs, the Boston bombers, but won’t allow a family of Evangelical Christians to stay in this country. We are allowing 11 million to 20 million people here illegally to be granted legal status under the new immigration bill but we won’t give legal status to these people.

Eric Holder is aggressively pursuing deportation proceedings against the family.

The Romeikes asked for asylum in the US and won the first case.

Holder appealed the judgment that granted them asylum leading up to this decision.

Holder is on the record as saying that he is opposed to home schooling because it is not a fundamental freedom. Holder agrees with the principle of equal protection but does not agree with the concept of fundamental, individual liberties.

Mr. Romeike, the childrens’ father said:

“It’s our fundamental right to decide how we want to teach our children,” says Uwe Romeike, an Evangelical Christian and a concert pianist who sold his treasured Steinway to help pay for the move.

Romeike uprooted his family in 2008 after he and his wife had accrued about $10,000 in fines for homeschooling their three oldest children.  German police came to their doorstep and brought their children to school against the parents’ wishes. “My kids were crying, but nobody seemed to care,” Romeike said. [Time Magazine]

Germany strictly bans home schooling.

The Romeike family face fines, prison time and are faced with the prospect of losing custody of their children.

One can receive asylum in the US for two reasons: persecution for religious reasons and persecution of a “particular social group.”

On January 26, 2010, Memphis federal immigration judge Lawrence Burman granted the Romeikes political asylum, ruling they had a reasonable fear of persecution for their beliefs if they returned to their German homeland.

Judge Burman also denounced the German policy heatedly. In a statement, he called it, “utterly repellent to everything we believe as Americans.”

Eric Holder’s office is working to deport this family, contrary to the legal ruling. Barack Obama and Eric Holder have come out against the freedom to home school based on it not being a fundamental freedom.

Eric Holder said home schooling is not a protected freedom. He said “There is no fundamental liberty to homeschool.” He added that as long as a government bans homeschooling broadly and equally, there is no violation of rights. This is a view which gives a nod to the principle of equal protection but which completely ignores the concept of fundamental, individual liberties.

That takes me to Socialist Germany and why they ban home schooling. The Supreme Court of Germany declared that the purpose of the German ban on homeschooling was to “counteract the development of religious and philosophically motivated parallel societies.” 

They do not want religious or philosophical opposition to the government growing up around them.

Read about the case here.

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