Skip to comments.27 Congresspersons Ask AG Holder to Stop Deportation of German Homeschoolers
Posted on 05/29/2013 1:59:24 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
A letter signed by 27 members of Congress asks Attorney General Eric Holder to grant asylum to the Romeikes, a German family that fled to the United States after their government threatened to take their kids away from them because they homeschooled.
"A decision to deny the Romeikes the opportunity to educate their children freely is a decision to abandon our commitment to freedom," the letter argues. "Doing so would put America alongside those countries that believe children belong to the community or state."
The Romeikes recently lost a case in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in which they were seeking asylum. The court found that the Romeikes should not be granted asylum because homeschoolers do not fit the definition of a particular social group subjected to persecution. The Romeikes could simply send their children to public schools to avoid punishment from the German government, the court reasoned.
The letter, on the other hand, argues that homeschoolers are a particular social group: "Although parents can change their minds about homeschooling, no parent in a free nation should be forced by the state to make that decision."
The Romeikes are represented by the Home School Legal Defense Association, which has said it will appeal the court's decision.
"It's refreshing to see that there are members of Congress who are willing to put their support behind this family during this trying time," said Michael Farris, chairman of HSLDA. "The Romeikes are doing the exact same thing the Pilgrims did hundreds of years ago, and they need to see there are still people in our government who care for this essential American ideal."
The signers of the letter are: Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Luke Messer (R-IN), Jeff Miller (R-FL), Alan Nunnelee (R-MS), Stevan Pearce (R-NM), Joe Pitts (R-PA), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Bill Posey (R-FL), Phil Roe (R-TN), Todd Rokita (R-IN), Steve Scalise (R-LA), Steve Southerland (R-FL), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), Lee Terry (R-NE), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), and Daniel Webster (R-FL).
It’s the religion, s*
They’re not the right one, not Pieceful 8(
I wonder what would happen if this were an asylum seeking MUSLIM family who homeschool their kids on the Koran.
HSLDA asked them to come here to make US and German homeschooling laws an issue. They could have moved anywhere in Europe and had the freedom to homeschool - but, for one, Britain was “too expensive”. Our system of asylum should be for real persecution and not cost of living considerations.
Now that they have an anchor baby, they have other options when HSLDA runs out of use for them.
I won’t be too hard on this family... they are self-sufficient and have never applied for any government benefits at all.
Not a single (D) in the bunch. I guess the D’s are pro-choice, except with respect to school choice, employment, health care, freedom to smoke, which gun(s) to own and where to carry them, and about a hundred other things. But, other than that, free choice.
Why only 27?
Not one single Democrat among them. Not a one. Bastards.
RE: Not one single Democrat among them. Not a one. Bastards.
They don’t like the fact that this family is not a burden to US taxpayers... which means -— THEY ARE UNLIKELY TO BE A CONSTITUENT.
When did holder become so concerned about immigration?
They are exactly the type of immigrants/asylum seekers we should be encouraging to come here! Gees are we so screwed!
RE: When did holder become so concerned about immigration?
1) The asylum seekers are white
2) The asylum seekers don’t apply for welfare and are not dependent on government; and therefore ...
3) Are unlikely to become Democrats
RE: Gees are we so screwed!
We prefer families like the Tsarnaev’s as asylum seekers.
Like that experienced by Chechens!
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Oh really?? And you know this how?
“Why only 27?”
You nailed it. Why are there only 27 congressmen to do the right thing? Everything is politics and what do I get out of it.
I still can’t believe that there was not ONE democrat senator that could find the conscience within him or herself to vote against the abomination of Obamacare - Not one demorat senator who valued the Constitution over party machinations.
Wasn’t there at least one senator who knew he wasn’t going to run again ( like Baucus ) that could have served his country instead of his party ?
They had better petition Rubio. He’s big on immigration, amnesty and the rest.
Do it very publicly so he can help or show his hypocrisy or both.
I don't think we've had any issues there. The problem with letting this family in is that we could start letting in unlimited numbers of Muslims under the same provisions. Because there are more Muslims who want to come here than there are Germans in Germany. If we want to let Christians in on a preferential basis, we need to enact such a law. The home-schooling thing is just too broad, and opens the doors to unlimited immigration from all corners of the world.
I did my research.
Personally, I’d love to open our borders to everyone - but first we have to get rid of EVERY entitlement, and have everyone learn English and pass a citizenship test.
Holder:”Are they black?” Answer:”No.” Holder: “Sorry, I can’t help.”
I just emailed my (Republican) rep and asked him why he isn’t on the list and urged him to support this.
RE: They had better petition Rubio. Hes big on immigration, amnesty and the rest.
Hmmmm... Rubio is not on the list of signatories... is he even aware of this?
Looks like there are only 27 Christians in congress
To put this also into some German prospective. There are at least ten thousand Germans who yearly pack up and move to Canada (readily accepted). This family could have easily done that. They are simply being used.
And as for the German system....they really don’t want just any parent to home-school (the vast number would not fit into the category of being an instructor or home-school teacher). I can say this because I lived there for over fifteen years.
Holder won’t lift a finger to help them.
Why do you expect Rubio to show up or sign for something like this ? The are the wrong kind of people to line politicians pockets.
Marco Rubio throws Bachmann and other GOP under the bus over letter about Huma Abedin -UPDATE: Audio Added
When Elian got carted off to Communism by Clinton-Reno in 2000, there was plenty of posturing by politicians.
Glenn Beck used the phrase ‘over my dead body’ regarding this issue.
We shall see how things play out...
I understand the family lives in Tennessee. State legislators and Governor Haslam of the East Tenn. GOP-E can throw up a roadblock like other states have done over illegal immigration.
So you endorse parents being imprisoned and having their children taken from them when they don’t want their children subjected to state indoctrination?
They are toast, big problem.
They are white.
They would be welcomed with open arms. I noticed all the congress critters who signed the letter, were Republicans. That will really put the fear of God into Holder. He will not do the right thing.
As I understand the case, the Romeikes are not “being used,” but are actively cooperating with HSLDA. Their goal is not primarily to find a refuge for their family, but to change the situation in Germany so that other families do not have to choose exile in order to educate their children according to their preferences.
HSLDA is the only organization in the world that is interested in and active in promoting parents’ rights in education. Other German homeschooing families have gone elsewhere, but people should not have to leave their home country in order to escape coerced government indoctrination of their children.
Raising the Moslem bugaboo doesn’t change the principle. If parents have the right to direct their children’s education, that means that some parents will make choices we don’t like. Some will be Moslems, some will be (fill in That Religious Group). Some will be atheists. Some will be Communists. Some will be giddy hippies. We either support freedom, or we don’t.
“A letter signed by 27 members of Congress asks Attorney General Eric Holder to grant asylum to the Romeikes, a German family that fled to the United States after their government threatened to take their kids away from them because they homeschooled.”
Yeh that’ll happen. Not.
And Rubio’s charge, protectee, if you will, is the future first lady of NYC well and firmly on her way up. DOn’t lwt her pornographic, laughable husband fool you.
He is a shameless tool of Marco and the MB>
Oh. We’re talking about Weiner. His wife.
To put this in the right prospective...the majority of Germans....probably around sixty percent, get what you say is a good tenth-grade education, and followed up with a four-star apprentice/craftsman period. Twenty-five percent get less than that, and end up as cashiers at grocery stores or truckers. And the remainder as university-bound students.
If you took the typical average father and mother at age 35...their math skills, their science knowledge, and ability to teach...might not be anywhere near what a kid needs. So your choice is home-schooling with two very marginal instructors as your parents, or using the German school system. The German education system is a bit more complex than any American would ever care to mess with...trust me.
In this case....Canada readily accepts almost all Germans who apply for a visa or immigration. That’s the odd part to this story. There’s even a weekly TV show in Germany which features the ones who moved there and the satisfaction that they’ve achieved. This family could have applied and been accepted within a couple of months.
All they are...are publicity-seekers....being used by some hocus-pocus political agenda group.
Y'all write your Reps about this. All of 'em (well, maybe excepting Clyburn :) should sign this letter.
Mark Sanford email
Joe Wilson email
Jeff Duncan (tell him thanks) email
Trey Gowdy email
Mick Mulvaney email
James Clyburn email
Tom Rice email
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When do they have to go back to Germany? This needs more publication.
I know about Germany, I have relatives there.
You still have not answered my question: do you endorse prison and the government abduction of children for failure to comply with the state’s mandate on education?
If you home-schooled your kids in Germany in a lousy way, and they could not get real employment because the whole apprentice program has to function in one-single fashion...then the state gets stuck with losers. Trust me...there’s probably half-a-million losers already on public welfare in Germany, and based on the tax, and social care system....you have to support the losers.
So yeah....if you can’t depend on all parents to do the right tutoring or instruction...best to funnel the kids through the system that delivers. Because otherwise, you just add another layer of losers onto the employed folks to support.
I’d support that as well- you’d get the folks who would want to be in the US and not the folks coming here for the benefits.
As for this family - she’s got a kid on the way so it’s just a matter of running out the clock. She looks what, 4 months along?
5 months and she’ll be allowed to stay in America. I’m sure her lawyer is simply trying to run out the clock on her appeals.
You mean the public education system? I wouldn’t go quite that far.
Some people actually end up ok.
Ok, now that you admit that you are a statist who endorses imprisoning dissident parents and taking their children away from them, what are you doing here on FR? You should be with the Dems, excusing and justifying the behavior of Stalin, who did exactly the same thing that you endorse.
From what I’m seeing they’ve appealed to the Sixth Circuit, but this case is probably destined for the Supremes at some point.
“According to Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking to a reporter with Daily Business Review in November 2006, it generally takes six months to dispose of a petition from the time it is filed. Roberts may have been including all the administrative processes involved before a case granted certiorari can be scheduled for argument, though, rather than the time interval between filing the petition and having certiorari granted or denied.”
So they should be fine so long as their lawyer dots his is and crosses his ts.
I suggest the Roberts be confronted with his adoption and gay summer trip actions.
Sounds good to me! (although I still wouldn’t want to open our borders to everyone.)
“27 Congresspersons Ask AG Holder to Stop Deportation of German Homeschoolers”
Are you kidding me? That’s like asking Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, to stop sending Jewish people to the ovens and killing fields.
Holder is a racist, honkey-hatting, mass-murdering baby killer.