Home School Family Has to Go, Chechen Islamists Got to Stay

By now you have heard of the German homeschooling family that our government wants to deport. The family left Germany because of Nazi-era education laws that forbid parents from choosing homeschooling for their children. TIME reported on the story in 2010

“The Romeikes are not your typical asylum seekers. They did not come to the U.S. to flee war or despotism in their native land. No, these music teachers left Germany because they didn’t like what their children were learning in public school — and because homeschooling is illegal there.”

U.S. Immigration Judge Lawrence Burman had granted the Romeike family asylum, saying that “the [German] government is attempting to enforce this Nazi-era law against people that it purely seems to detest because of their desire to keep their children out of school.”

Michael Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association said it best when he made the point that “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.”

And for what? Because they want to educate their children at home like millions of American families — an “estimated 2 million children, or about 4% of the total school-age population.”

Is there any indication that the Romeike family is in any way a threat to our nation? Not in the least.

Now we come to the alleged Chechen bombers that had been had been under FBI surveillance for some time because they were a perceived threat. See this report from Judicial Watch.

Zubeidat K. Tsarnaeva, the Boston bombing suspects’ mother, said that her oldest son, Tamerlan, “got involved in ‘religious politics’ five years ago, and that the FBI had previously contacted her about her son’s activities.”

I find this perplexing. Where did the FBI get its information? What was he doing that caused suspicions? Here’s the most troubling part of the story if it turns out to be true.

Were Muslims, even the semi-radicalized ones, given a pass because of directives that had come down from the Obama administration? Did President Obama’s naïveté about radical Islam influence certain policy directives?

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva went on to say that her son “was controlled by the FBI, like for three, five years. They knew what my son was doing, they knew what actions and what sites on the Internet he was going [to], they used to come . . .  and talk to me . . . they were telling me that he was really a serious leader and they were afraid of him.”

If any of this is true, then there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. Will we be stonewalled like we’ve been on Benghazi?

To be sure, she is the mother of these two young men and will do almost anything to protect them. But I’ve gotten to the point in my life that I am always skeptical of anything our government is doing. I’m especially on guard when this administration decides to act or not to act.

If the FBI had been watching the older son, and had reason to believe that he was involved in terrorist activities, then I think we need to know why greater scrutiny wasn’t applied to his case. These two young men were able to place these two bombs in a crowded section of Boston and the FBI had absolutely no hint that it was taking place.

So instead of following up on this guy, our government is working overtime to deport a peaceful German family for the “crime” of educating their children at home.