Deported for education

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Home-schooling is a choice that parents make if they do not like the way the public school system works or if compelled by religious reasons, but the government is trying to deport one family who chose to home-school  their children.

A German family fled their country in 2008 to seek political asylum in the U.S. in hopes of home-schooling their children.

Now the Department of Homeland Security wants to send the evangelical Christian family back to Germany.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, along with their six children, now reside in Tennessee which reminds them of their homeland.

Their fate rests in the hands of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2010, an immigration judge granted the family political refuge, but the Department of Homeland Security objected and argued that they didn’t deserve asylum.

Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, is representing the Romeike family.

“The Obama administration is basically saying there is no right to home-school anywhere. It’s an utter repudiation of parental liberty and religious liberty,” Farris said.

It does seem ironic that our government is helping thousands of illegal immigrants, and yet they want to send a family seeking political asylum back to their homeland

German leaders threatened the Romeike family and demanded that they stop home- schooling.

In Germany, the state constitutions require children to attend public schools, and parents who do not comply with those rules face punishment ranging from fines to prison time. In some cases, children are taken away from their parents in a police van.

It seems so strange that a country founded by people seeking freedom from religious persecution would try to deport a family with almost the same problem.

Obama says he is all for human rights, vows to fight religious persecution, and is trying to make the immigration policy more fair, but he will not fight for a Christian family who just wants to home-school their children.

Why does the government think it is acceptable to intervene in parents’ decision on how to educate their children? The right of parents in choosing education and upbringing should not be determined by the government or  anyone else.

Attorney General Eric Holder has said that banning home schooling would not violate fundamental liberties.

If the government is saying that home education is not a fundamental human right that parents should have, then this should be alarming, because that is what is happening in Germany.

If the government decides what children have to learn, and a whole generation is formed by this point of view, then that means the next generation won’t have that freedom anymore.

Author: Elissa Thompson

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