Chuck Bino: Keep your tempest-tost masses
Observing the plight of the German Romeike family, now tentatively living in Tennessee, gives us a further insight on the U.S. immigrant situation and our process for granting asylum. Before arriving here, these parents were fined thousands of euros and threatened with imprisonment for allowing their children to become “truants” from the state-operated school system.
These parents were home schooling their kids for the same reasons that many of our own citizens feel necessary and compelled to do likewise. If one Googles them, there is ample reporting on their situation and that of our Justice Department’s response.
• http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1968099,00.html “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Homeschoolers” and:
• http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/03/20133772515825350.html “German homeschoolers fight for asylum in US”
As background, Germany instituted state schooling in 1918, with a dramatic push of bolstered enforcement requirements in 1938 as part of Hitler’s Nazi ambitions. Sadly, we know how that turned out. It is amazing that our then liberal Truman administration didn’t make a review of Germany’s educational system a requirement for postwar Marshall Plan funds.
This current drama has been going on in Germany since 2006, when the family began to home school because they claimed that their kids were “bombarded with negative influences and taught disrespect for authority.”
“In 2007, a decision by Germany’s highest court ruled that parents can in some cases be deprived of custody rights if they home school.” Fearing that the German state might take their children, the family came to the U.S. in 2008, being granted asylum by a Tennessee judge in 2010. That was challenged by Holder’s DOJ, with an appeal by the family now pending in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
I don’t recall anything about this until recently. Is it possible that all the recent congressional push on immigration reform opened a small sore point for many conservatives? You must understand that members of the Romeike family are considered conservatives, who believe that the “German government was ‘attempting to circumscribe their religious beliefs.’ ” Does that sound vaguely familiar when you put into perspective our push in schools for secularism, materialism, early sexual training, Darwinism, disdain for teaching Intelligent Design, global warming certainty, and general entitlement?
Many nonpolitical, average Americans believe that our State (federal) system is pushing far beyond acceptable involvement in teaching our children. If you’d like to see one conservative effort to challenge the DOJ and president on this Romeike asylum issue, see the summary and petition by Dick Morris at http://dickmorris.rallycongress.com/9638/sign-petition-to-protect-homeschooling/
The challenge for the courts if the Romeike petition is approved, and the president and DOJ allow this asylum in Tennessee, is setting a precedent for other opponents (likely conservatives) of foreign state progressive education to seek the same. The president and his party don’t want a bunch of conservative, above average professional immigrants to spoil their plans. By the way, both of the Romeike parents are music teachers and capable of self-sustaining employment. Imagine that, an immigrant who need not depend on Uncle Sam!
Contrast that possibility with our continued leaky borders and consideration to grant a road to citizenship for current government dependent illegals (likely progressives).
So, perhaps after we’ve sent the Romeikes back to Germany, we can petition to modify Emma Lazarus’ famous words on the Statue of Liberty:
“Give me your (tired and poor progressives,)
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched (progressive thinking) refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
I wish a very happy and blessed Passover and Easter to our readers.
Chuck Bino lives in High Point with his wife, Sue, after technical and management careers in manufacturing and retail. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.