ICE Assists German Government in Persecuting Homeschoolers

One of Hitler’s progressive policies survives to this day in Germany: a ban on homeschooling. Uwe and Hannalore Romeike of Bissingen had three of their four children temporarily confiscated by the State because they insisted on teaching them at home, undermining Big Government’s ability to twist their minds into the shape of its choosing. In 2008, the Romeikes escaped to America like many lovers of liberty before them. They were granted asylum by a judge in Memphis, who observed the obvious: they would continue to be persecuted for their beliefs if they returned.

However, now that we have Hopey Change, America may be the ideal destination for huddled masses yearning for a welfare check, but for those who want to breathe free, not so much:

In a deeply disturbing notice, the United States Government Agency for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has lodged an appeal of Judge Lawrence Burman’s grant of asylum to the Romeike family. The appeal was sent to the Board of Immigration Appeals in Fairfax, Virginia on February 25. In it, the ICE called homeschoolers too “amorphous” to be a “particular social group” and that “United States law has recognized the broad power of the state to compel school attendance and regulate curriculum and teacher certification” as well as the “authority to prohibit or regulate homeschooling.”

That is, under Obama, our government sides with the last remnant of National Socialism — just as it sided with communists during an attempted coup in democratic Honduras.

On January 26, Judge Burman granted the Romeikes asylum after determining that the German government’s treatment of homeschoolers was “repellent to everything we believe as Americans,” and that Germany was denying the family “basic human rights.” The judge determined that the German state’s policy of imposing increasing and potentially crushing fines, the loss of custody of children, and possible criminal prosecution over homeschooling amounted to persecution. However, ICE pointed to the denial of an application in the European Court of Human Rights in the Konrad case as evidence that “the public education laws of Germany do not violate basic human rights.” ICE criticized Judge Burman for “improvidently disregard[ing]” the decision of the ECHR. In other words, it appears that ICE is arguing that U.S. judges should follow international law — rather than U.S. law.

That would be consistent with liberal ideology, which holds our sovereignty in low regard.

Meanwhile, as ICE bureauweenies help the German government inflict a fascist policy on homeschoolers who have already been granted asylum, tens of millions of illegal aliens remain at large as they await amnesty.

Hat tip: Lone Star Times, on a tip from Byron. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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