Today, January 26, 2010, a German homeschooling family was granted political asylum in the United States. The Romeikes fled from Germany in August 2008 to escape persecution simply because they chose to home educate.
Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman granted the asylum stating, “Homeschoolers are a particular social group that the German government is trying to suppress. This family has a well-founded fear of persecution…therefore, they are eligible for asylum…and the court will grant asylum.” Judge Burman further stated his surprise that even though Germany is an ally and a democracy, they seem to be targeting a specific social group within their country. In his ruling, he called this “silly” and “odd”.
This is a HUGE victory for all German homeschoolers. With granting this political asylum by stating Germany is violating basic human rights, it shows the entire world that Germany is wrong in their persecution of homeschoolers. This may give them pause to rethink this persecution that has intensified over the last two years. It may also give other nations paused before they begin.
This also helps us in the United States. If an immigration judge will grant political asylum to another country’s homeschool family, then it sets a precedent that homeschooling is a basic human right that no government should have the ability to remove from parents. Although we may have to continue the fight, perhaps this will deter some of the attacks or it may at least make our opponents think twice.
Let’s all join together in celebrating this victory!
For more details, please visit HSLDA’s website at http://www.hslda.org/hs/international/Germany/201001260.asp.
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