Skip to comments.DOJ seeks deportation of family persecuted in Germany for homeschooling
Posted on 02/27/2013 10:47:15 AM PST by Nachum
From William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, we learn about the case of Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children:
The Romeikes are devout Christians from Germany who wanted to homeschool their children because of what they perceived as the secularist agenda in German public schools. In the United States, the right to homeschool ones own children is accepted, although frequently mocked by the left. The homeschoool movement is thriving in the United States, but in Germany it is illegal, a holdover from Nazi-era law.
The Romeikes fled to the United States in 2008 after they faced mounting fines and the potential of imprisonment. The Romeikes sought asylum, and were granted that asylum by Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman in a January 26, 2010 decision after a hearing which included not only the Romeikes but also expert witnesses on homeschooling in Germany.
What kind of persecution did this devout Christian family face in Germany? Here is some of what the immigration judge found:
October 9, 2006, [the Romeikes] got a letter from the mayor informing them that they would suffer a fine of about $45 per child, per day, and if necessary, the government would use force. The Romeikes ignored that. On October 20, 2006, two armed police officers came to the house to take the children to school. This produced a very upsetting scene for the children, the children were crying and were upset, as the three children that were of school age were herded off to go to school. Apparently, the police had no warrant or other authorization to do this, however, the Romeikes were not aware that they had any basis to resist legally, so they allowed the children to go to school. However, Mrs. Romeike retrieved the children at lunch hour.
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more similarities between gubmint school unions and National Socialist union. Shocking.
Based on the same concept and run by the same people.
I imagine Obama considers this family to be a threat to the American people because they have the nerve to homeschool their children. He would consider them to be a terrorist group.
“Mr. Donnelly [an expert witness] described the judicial decisions, in Germany, not so much being interested in the welfare of the children, as being interested in stamping out groups that want to run a parallel society,”
But that is what has been going on here for decades.
Can you please add me to the list? thank you.
Doubtless there are those in America who look with envy at these powers possessed by German officials.
They must not have access to Aunt Zeituni or Uncle Omar’s legal team.
So the DoJ is in agreement with German Nazi era law - pardon my lack of surprise.
There are any number of parochial schools in Germany for those who do not want to send their kids to public/secular schools.
But nutty attention whores just need to have their day in the media, nein?
They should come across the Mexican border. Then they could be a protected class for some reason.
So in Germany you can send your child to the government school or a parochial school?
Are there any Protestant private schools that are legitimate? Or Catholic only?
I guess it doens’t take much to get yourself deported, eh?
To your second question, see here for example for evangelical-lutheran schools:
Are they 'legitimate'? Not sure what you mean by that, but they are certainly legal and school board certified.
As to the Nazi (yawn...) reference in the top post, see here for truancy laws in different countries, including the US:
BTW, the German Civil Code that is still in force today (with amendments) dates back to the 19th century and was also in force during the Nazi reign. So, arguably (by idiots), all German civil law can be 'traced back to' the Nazis...