About ten years ago, the Tsarnaev family was granted political asylum in the United States. Curiously over the past 10 years family members have made frequent visits back to the country they fled from. A month ago two members of the family set off pressure cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon as an act of Muslim terrorism.
The United States government received warnings about one of the Tsarnaev boys from Russia. The warning included possible links to terrorist activities in the United States, but after a botched FBI investigation nothing was done. The US government even learned that Saudi Arabia had denied a visa to Tamerlan Tsarnaev and yet they still did nothing.
Now the Obama administration is pushing to allow 11 million illegal aliens to remain in the US and eventually be granted citizenship. It seems that our government is bending over backwards to allow Muslims and illegals access to America.
However, in a clear demonstration of President Obama’s war on Christians, his administration has targeted a Christian family and is hell bent on deporting them back to Germany. The Romeikes family fled Germany in 2008 because the German government outlawed homeschooling and was about to arrest the parents and make the children wards of the government.
In 2010, the Romeikes were granted asylum by immigration judge Lawrence O. Burman. The family settled in rural Tennessee and began homeschooling their children so they could teach them Christian values along with their lessons. The family believed that they had found a new home that accepted them and their Christian faith and life was good.
With so much attention being given to the millions of illegal in our nation and how the Democrats were getting thousands of them to vote illegally in elections, you would think the government would be too busy to worry about one family that was causing no problems. But you would be dead wrong.
In 2012, the Obama administration appealed the immigration asylum status of the German family and requested that the family be deported back to Germany, where they would face charges for their homeschooling. The administration argued that Romeikes family’s problems in Germany were insufficient to allow for them to be granted asylum in the US. Yep, that’s right! Obama’s people claimed that although the parents face possible arrest and the loss of their children if they returned to Germany, this was not sufficient persecution to warrant being granted permission to stay in America.
On April 23, 2013, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case. This Tuesday, the three judge panel ruled unanimously to revoke the family’s asylum status which would mean their certain deportation back to German persecution. In their decision, the court refused to acknowledge that the persecution of German homeschoolers for their religious and philosophical differences with the government qualified as actual persecution under the US asylum laws.
Michael Farris, Founder and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) said:
“We believe the Sixth Circuit is wrong and we will appeal their decision. America has room for this family and we will do everything we can to help them.”
“While we will continue to fight in the courts over the issue of whether our law requires the Administration to give this family asylum, there is no doubt of the ability of the Obama Administration to use its discretion to immediately grant this family permanent asylum. We urge the Administration to do so at once.”
“If our Administration is willing to explore a policy of leniency for millions of immigrants, it is simply inexplicable why they cannot find room for one homeschooling family from Germany.”
Mike Donnelly, Director of International Affairs for the HSLDA also commented about the court’s ruling, saying:
“Germany continues to persecute homeschoolers. The court ignored mountains of evidence that homeschoolers are harshly fined and that custody of their children is gravely threatened—something most people would call persecution. This is what the Romeikes will suffer if they are sent back to Germany.”
Someone please explain to me why our government is spending so much time, money and effort into deporting a family who has done nothing wrong except wanting to give their children a Christian education. At the same time, our government is working hard to allow over 11 million criminals, (every illegal alien is a criminal because they broke federal law when they entered our country illegally), to remain in our nation. There is no justification for this, but it does clearly demonstrate Obama’s hostility to Christians and to homeschoolers.
I’ll continue to follow the HSLDA appeal and keep you posted, but in the meantime, you need to be contacting your Representatives and Senators and demand that they get involved to keep the Romeikes family here in the US because they will certainly be persecuted and their family destroyed if they are returned to Germany.