Skip to comments.German Family Faces Deportation, Illegal DREAM Immigrants Allowed To Stay
Posted on 03/03/2014 4:08:05 PM PST by LD Jackson
If ever there was evidence of the upside down world of our immigration system, it would be the story of the Romeike family from Germany. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike are Christians and because of their Christian beliefs, they decided to home school their children, even though German law does not grant them that right. They felt it important enough that they defied that law and were facing increasingly higher fines and the possibility of losing custody of their children. Because of their strong belief that they should be able to educate their children themselves, they moved to Morristown, TN in 2008. It should be noted that they did so legally and asked for political asylum. They were granted asylum in 2010 by an immigration judge, a decision that was overturned in 2012 by the Board of Immigration Appeals.
It is also important to note that the Obama administration may not be at fault here, specifically. By that, I mean that the people making the decision to appeal the original decision that granted the Romeike family political asylum are likely career lawyers inside the immigration enforcement system. So, while it is true that the Obama administration did appeal the decision, technically, it was probably not at the direction of the White House. In the interest of fairness, we should remember the vast government bureaucracy that makes up so much of the federal government.
Before writing this post, I performed a fair amount of research on the background of the case. As it turns out, the reasons the decision was appealed and reversed are fairly straightforward. Technically, the Romeike family may not meet the legal definition of having been persecuted for religious reasons. I can understand that as a nation of laws, our legal system should be followed. Our system of immigration laws have certain legal guidelines for granting political asylum on the grounds of religious persecution and from what I can tell, those guidelines were not necessarily met. Having said that, I have one giant question that is just begging to be asked.
If the Romeike family does not meet the legal guidelines, can an exemption not be granted so they can be allowed to stay in the United States? Yes, I know our immigration laws are in place for a reason, but has that stopped the Obama administration from granting exemptions, heretofore? The short answer is no, it has not. I know President Obama can not intervene in each individual immigration case, but he did intervene in the enforcement of these same immigration laws and ordered the departments charged with enforcing the relevant immigration laws to stop deporting certain groups of immigrants. Specifically, he said it was not the fault of the DREAM immigrants that they were brought to America, that they broke no laws by coming. Therefore, he has granted them the right to ask for legal status.
Here is the million dollar question. If President Obama has granted exemptions to the aforementioned DREAM immigrants, why not grant the Romeike family the same opportunity? Would that be too much to ask for a family who came to America legally, followed the proper legal procedures, all for the freedom to teach their children as they saw fit?
As of today, the United States Supreme Court has denied the Romeike family the chance to be heard at America's highest court. I do not know exactly where the case will proceed from here, but it would seem their fight in our legal system has ran its course. That could mean the family will soon be deported back to Germany, facing fines and the possibility of losing their children to the state. That would be a tragedy.
America was founded on several ideals. One of those is that every individual should have freedom of religion. Part of why the Romeike family wants to home school their children is for religious reasons. It seems to me, according to the foundations of America, they should be granted that opportunity. It remains to be seen if the Obama administration will grant them the same chance they have given immigrants who have came to America illegally.
Well, duh! These people are independent, self-sufficient, don’t need a government trough, and don’t assume every word the goobermint goobers utter is gospel. We don’t need people like that in The Dear Leader’s Amerika! [/lib mode]
this is a total travesty .
Why is it happening ?
Because they are WHITE CHRISTIANS
Folks like this are what made our nation great , not all the rats they let in these days . It’s time to change things greatly .
The Fuhrer has decreed that his illegal alien relatives can stay and decreed that immigration laws are not to be enforced.
You are not questioning the Fuhrer, are you?
Can't hold anything against SCOTUS, as they are too busy occupied with teeth whitening, juror honesty and facial hair.
I’ll bet if they fled to a “sanctuary city”, they would get some help. NOT.
Too bad they aren’t related to Obammy like Aunt Zeituni and Uncle Omar.
This is happening because the Romeikes are WHITE CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOLERS. Obama, Duncan and Holder are totally sympathetic to the German law to force children into state schools. Just watch how this plays out before our PINO leaves office.
Simple. Drive to TJ, then swim back across. You can go to UC schools for free.
Our Congress critters should be RAISING HELL over this.
outright war on white christians.
outright war on white christians.
Obama would outlaw homeschooling and imprison the parents here, if he had the power
Support this German Christian family
From WND article today. Interesting that Germany has never changed the law put into place by Hitler and even more interesting that obozo and Holder obviously have the same thing in mind for our children’s education. The journalists in this country couldn’t find the German law that’s referred to here and bring it to the attention of the American public? Also that apparently obozo and Holder are in complete agreement with the law as written by Hitler??
This stinks to high heaven and yes - what about obozo’s aunt and an uncle who are here illegally! They weren’t seeking asylum when they came here - just overstayed their visas and that’s perfectly ok! And also ok to live on the American taxpayer’s dime?
How do we get back in sync in this country or don’t we?
“”But on the request of the Obama administration, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided against the family, saying Germany was just enforcing its law.””
“”One year prior to enactment of the 1938 law, which made it a criminal offense not to send children to public school, Hitler declared the youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow.”
For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled, Hitler said. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.
“”The Obama administration initially refused even to address the issue when the request was submitted to the Supreme Court for review, but the court ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to respond.
Justice Department officials then contended that Germany wasnt persecuting homeschoolers, just applying the Hitler-era laws to everyone. They cited Germanys desire to promote socialization, pluralism, tolerance and democracy.
And this country was founded on Religious freedom. These people should be given the chance to emigrate........and before the ones who came here illegally!
They should have came from Mexico, then they could be welcomed.
This is ridiculous. If the sappy GOP senators from Tennessee weren’t so busy feathering their own nests, they would take up the cause of this family and take the case to the public and shame BO into doing the right thing.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.