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Memo From Middle America | Eric Holder’s DOJ Finds Some Foreigners It Wants To Deport—White Evangelical German Homeschoolers
[See earlier, by Allan Wall Obama’s Administrative Amnesty Not Applicable To White, Legal, English Girl. And While We’re On The Subject, Aren’t British Immigrants Preferable To Mexican Immigrants Anyway]
The Obama administration, to put it mildly, is keen on not enforcing immigration law. But it’s not that the administration neglects immigration enforcement, it’s that the Obama administration actively works to impede the enforcement of immigration law. It actively supports the illegal invasion. It’s electing a new people.
The administration hardly deports any illegal aliens. There are at least 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S., but that’s the low estimate, many suspect it could be 20 million or more. Only a small fraction of that entire number is deported. You have to try extra hard to get deported these days.
Then there’s the unilateral Dream Act Administrative Amnesty, which in effect legalized the under 30 crowd of illegals that are supposedly all going to become students.
On top of that is the proposed amnesty/immigration reform being pushed by the government (with plenty of Republican supporters.)
We’d have to conclude that the Obama administration is anti-deportation.
Not entirely, however. The administration has found a few foreigners it would like to deport.
Eric “My People” Holder’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is actively working to deport a German family who had already been granted refugee asylum status.
It’s not an oversight. It’s not a technicality. Eric Holder’s DOJ has gone out of its way to get this family deported.
Here’s an index of articles which provide more information on the plight of the Romeike family:
- US grants home schooling German family political asylum
By Daniel Nasaw, The Guardian, January 27, 2010
- Deportation of German homeschool family affects US homeschool freedom
By Bryana Johnson, Washington Times, February 12, 2013
- Homeschooling Not a Fundamental Right, Justice Dept. Argues
By Napp Nazworth, Christian Post, February 14, 2013
- Justice Department: Home Schooling not a 'Right'
By CBN February 19, 2013 (with video)
- German Homeschoolers Appeal Decision on Asylum in US Court
By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post, February 26, 2013
- German family seeking asylum in US to homeschool kids,
Fox News, March 3, 2013 (video)
- Obama Admin Wants to Deport Christian Homeschoolers
By Todd Starnes, Human Events, March 5, 2013
- Obama Justice Department Fighting to Deport Christian Homeschooling Family Seeking Asylum
By Heather Clark, Christian News Network, March 6, 2013
In a nutshell, here’s the story. Uwe Romeike and his wife Hannalore are both music teachers who fled their native Germany in 2008. They settled in Tennessee and applied for asylum. The couple currently has six children (five school-age). Here’s a recent photo, via Christian News Network,.
The Romeikes left Germany because of the harassment they received from the government for home schooling their children. They had been fined and were facing the possibility of losing custody of their children. They thus moved to the United States.
Several decades ago, things like this were happening to American homeschooling families, but thanks to committed activism in its defense, homeschooling is now legal in all fifty states. (Despite the fact that I’m a public school teacher—or maybe because I’m a public school teacher—I have a great deal of respect for the American homeschooling movement).
The Romeikes applied for asylum and on January 26, 2010 an immigration judge in Tennessee granted them asylum. (Click here for decision).
Case closed? Not in Obama’s America . Eric “My People” Holder’s DOJ got involved, seeking to reverse their asylum status. The Board of Immigration Appeals backed up Holder and the Romeikes appealed. Thus we now have the case known as Romeike vs. Holder, pending before the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The DOJ’s basic argument is that, since basically nobody is allowed to homeschool in Germany, the Romeikes aren’t being persecuted, so they shouldn’t be given asylum, and thus “The applicants are ordered removed from the United States to Germany.” (See Romeike v. Holder, DOJ).
This has American homeschool activists concerned as well. Would the Obama administration use the same reasoning to shut down homeschool here as well? (My brother and his wife, who have eight children, homeschool).
The Romeike case can be approached from several perspectives, all of them important. We can look at it as a religious freedom case, a civil liberties case, or an educational matter.
It’s also an immigration issue.
Why is the Obama administration so determined to drive one German family out, when it’s trying to amnesty millions of mostly Hispanic illegal aliens? Are there other considerations at work here? Possibly demographic, cultural and political issues? Just asking.
Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) which is defending the Romeikes, had this to say
- “Eleven million people are going to be allowed to stay freely—but this one family is going to be shipped back to Germany to be persecuted,” he said. “It just doesn’t make any sense.” [Obama Admin Wants to Deport Christian Homeschoolers By Todd Starnes, Human Events, March 5, 2013]
It also reminds me of the case of a British girl recently subject to deportation, see Obama’s Administrative Amnesty Not Applicable To White, Legal, English Girl. Does the Obama administration have something against white immigrants? Just asking.
Mind you, I’m not saying that we are obligated to take in everybody in the world who has problems in his home country, nor are we responsible for fixing all the world’s problems (especially when we’re not too successful at fixing our own problems).
Did the Romeike family consider moving to Austria, right next door, which allows homeschooling? I bet that in such a musically-oriented nation as Austria, Uwe could have found plenty of piano students.
In other words, the solution to every injustice is not to move everybody to the U.S. And I know our refugee policy has plenty of problems of its own.
Nevertheless, one has to ask why the same the U.S. government has to dump Somali refugees in places like Maine and Minnesota while trying to kick out one German family. Who assimilates better—Somalis or Germans?
Allow me to go out on a limb here, and tentatively predict that the Romeike children, should they be allowed to stay here, are not going to turn out to be criminals and/or welfare recipients.
How about German immigrants in general?
I personally favor an immigration moratorium. But since we are taking in over a million or more legal immigrants annually (plus the illegals), shouldn’t we be more selective? Shouldn’t we select nationalities which assimilate better to our country? Under today’s multicultural regime, such a commonsense suggestion is considered heresy. But it makes perfect sense to me.
There’s a recent CIS study with some interesting data which display the differences between immigrants of various countries. [Immigrants in the United States: A Profile of America's Foreign-Born Population, By Steven A. Camarota August 2012]
It reports that 30.1% of Mexican immigrants are living in poverty, as are 32.7% from Honduras, 27.6% from the Middle East, but only 6.7% from Germany. Hmmm.
Another contrast is that 57.4% of Mexican immigrants are on some form of welfare, while only 10.3% of German immigrants are.
If we absolutely have to have such a high immigration level why don’t we take in more immigrants who assimilate better?
Why is the U.S. government deporting a German family while facilitating the entrance and legalization of millions of Latin Americans?
Could it be our rulers are electing a new people?
What Republican politician, if any, has the courage to point this out?
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. after many years residing in Mexico. Allan's wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here; his News With Views columns are archived here; and his website is here.