Court denies asylum to German family punished by Nazi law

Romeike familyMay 15, 2013

By John Seiler

In 1938, Hitler imposed an anti-home schooling law on German families. All children were required to attend Third Reich-approved schools, receiving indoctrination in Nazism and anti-Semitism, and to join the Hitlerjugend — the Hitler Youth.

American G.I.’s including my father, two uncles and a cousin, invaded and defeated Der Fuehrer. Then he committed suicide in his Berlin bunker in 1945. The G.I.’s then stuck around a while and de-Nazified Germany.

But they missed something. They never got rid of Hitler’s 1938 anti-home-schooling law.

To escape the Hitlerite law, in 2008 the Romeike family fled to America, where they sought freedom and asylum. They just wanted to teach their children at home, in their own family beliefs, including anti-Hitlerism.

Fortunately, at least for now home schooling is not too regulated by the American governments. California‘s homeschooling laws actually are pretty good. You have to set up an independent school and keep regular records of student achievement. An attempt to squeeze out homeschoolers a decade ago by then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin was roundly defeated. Even her usual liberal Democratic allies saw it as a power grab and backed the families.

Court decision

For the Romeike family, the Obama administration denied their asylum request, insisting that they return to the Fatherland to be repressed by the Hitlerite law. With the assistance of the Home School Legal Defense Fund, the Romeike family has been appealing the Obama decision through the court system. The latest, from the HSLD:

“The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals today [May 14] upheld the Obama Administration’s denial of asylum granted to the Romeike family.

“The Romeikes fled Germany in 2008 when they were subjected to criminal prosecution for homeschooling. They were granted asylum in 2010 by Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman, but that grant was overturned by the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2012. A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit heard the Romeikes’ appeal on April 23 in Cincinnati, and issued today’s unanimous decision against the family.

“’We believe the Sixth Circuit is wrong, and we will appeal their decision,’ said Michael Farris, HSLDA founder and chairman. “America has room for this family, and we will do everything we can to help them.”

The court said that the Romeikes had not made a sufficient case, and that the United States has not opened its doors to every victim of unfair treatment. Although the court acknowledged that the U.S. Constitution recognizes the rights of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children, it refused to concede that the harsh treatment of religiously and philosophically motivated homeschoolers in Germany amounts to persecution within our laws on asylum.

“’Germany continues to persecute homeschoolers,’ said Mike Donnelly, HSLDA director of international affairs. ‘The court ignored mountains of evidence that homeschoolers are harshly fined and that custody of their children is gravely threatened—something most people would call persecution. This is what the Romeikes will suffer if they are sent back to Germany.’

“HSLDA will appeal the Sixth Circuit’s ruling. Please continue to keep the Romeike family and HSLDA’s litigation team in your thoughts and prayers.”

Along with the IRS attacks on conservative and libertarian groups, and the Justice Department’s pilfering of Associated Press phone records, this denial of asylum to a family persecuted by a Nazi law has shown the true nature of the Obama administration.


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  1. GoneFishing
    GoneFishing 15 May, 2013, 12:11

    Why does this repression by the socialist Obama administration not surprise me?

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  2. Paul
    Paul 16 May, 2013, 01:08

    Germans believe that yes they are your children, but they grow up to be members of OUR society. Because of that, there are many restrictions to protect children. Such as;

    1. Children under 16 are not allowed in game rooms.
    2. Children are not allowed in movies that are not age appropriate. It does not matter whether their parents think it is okay or not.
    3. Children need to be properly educated.
    4. Children need proper health care. If you do not take your children in for regular check-ups, you can get a visit from social services here.

    I am sure the Romeike family is very nice and would teach their children very well. But not everyone would and if they start making excpetions for one, then they need to do it for everyone. Besides, the Romeike’s can always do “their home schooling” after the children get home from state schooling.

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  3. Michael
    Michael 18 May, 2013, 06:34

    As a “Young” german Born in the 1960´s I feel very sad, and a bit upset by this article.

    Yes, the Romeike-family has been “punished” by law, and yes, it is correct to discuss and argue about.

    BUT: They never ever have been punished by a Nazi-LAW.

    The german School-Laws are based on Martin Luther who claimed public Schools in the late 16th century. First public School law was given by the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm I.- the Father of Frederic II the Great who performed public Schools much more educating engineers and administrative employees.

    A federal law has been published by the first republic (Weimar) in 1919.

    So, there has been no NAZI, maybe, the Nazis have followed These laws, maybe, the used this for indoctrination – in the same way, as the russians, communists and in the east-german “DDR” until 1990.

    Are there so many good arguments, reasons that a wrong “NAZI” fact has to be used?

    By the way: today we discuss in Germany, how to win the immigrants from Turkey, Africa or wherever over to let there children going to School, at least to speak and to write german – the language where they are living.

    Regards from Germany


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