The verdict is in.
In 2008 the Romeike family left Germany for the United States, because they were worried about the values the compulsory German public schools were teaching. They came to America so they could home school their children and teach them Christian values. In Germany, they faced the possibility of fines, imprisonment, and losing the custody of their children.
The Obama administration has been intent upon deporting them.
The Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has been defending the family in court.
They were initially granted asylum in 2010, but that asylum was revoked in 2012 after being appealed by Eric Holder; for what reason, I don’t know.
They argued their case before the Sixth Circuit court, and have just been denied asylum.
If forced to return to Germany, the Romeikes will likely lose custody of their children, just as they would have if they had never left.
HSLDA plans to appeal this decision, so there is still hope, however slim.
What shocks me is the incredible hypocrisy. The left seeks sweeping amnesty for illegal immigrants, who have already shown flagrant disregard for American laws by coming her illegally in the first place, yet deny this law-abiding family the same thing.
The court claims that Germany is not persecuting anyone since their ban on homeschooling applies to everyone equally. So…if the government passes a law against criticizing the government, going to church, owning a gun, or wearing purple, those are okay because they apply to everyone equally? (So we see, applying to everyone equally doesn’t magically transform a bad law into a fair one.)
Commentators also claim that the Romeike’s can’t claim religious persecution because the German law does not specifically mention religious beliefs. Hmm…Jim Crow laws requiring voters to pay a fee or pass a literacy test didn’t specifically mention race; does that mean those laws are okay?
There’s also the big question: even if their request didn’t fit the asylum requirements, why deport them? They came here legally, are productive members of society, and haven’t done anything wrong. Prosecuting them seems rather vindictive, and there is for no good reason for it.
Welcome to the land of the free and the home of the home of the brave…but only if you came here illegally to mooch off our tax-funded welfare system.
Commentator Supporting the Court Verdict: