The Statue of Liberty says “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” It doesn’t say anything about homeschoolers.
You might remember that German family, the Romeikes, that fled their home country because they weren’t allowed to homeschool their children and were threatened with losing custody of their children. You might also recall that they applied for asylum in America.
But the U.S. Justice department led by Attorney General Holder decided that the right to educate your children as you see fit wasn’t important enough and they rejected the family’s bid. So they took their case to court.
But today, a U.S. appeals court incredibly and horribly sided with the U.S. Justice Department and denied the family asylum. If this decision stands, they will be returned to Germany where they risk having their children being taken from them if they continue refusing to send their children to the German public schools.
Think about that. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the freedom to educate one’s children as one sees fit is not a fundamental right – at least not enough for asylum seekers.
The Home School Legal Defense Association, which represented the Romeikes in the case, said it will appeal the decision.
“We believe the Sixth Circuit is wrong, and we will appeal their decision,” Michael Farris, HSLDA founder and chairman, was quoted as saying in The Christian Post. “America has room for this family, and we will do everything we can to help them.”
This is a disturbing decision. It’s odd that in the same time we’re refusing to secure our southern border and we’re seeking to legalize millions, we’re not allowing families that are seeking the freedom to educate their children.
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