The Irony is Powerful with this one
Apparently, not the Onion.
Via Todd Starnes at Fox News Radio: Obama Admin Wants to Deport Christian Home School Family
The Romeike family fled their German homeland in 2008 seeking political asylum in the United States – where they hoped to home school their children. Instead, the Obama administration wants the evangelical Christian family deported.
The fate of Uwe and Hannelore Romeike – along with their six children – now rests with the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2010 an immigration judge granted the family political refuge, but the Dept. of Homeland Security objected and argued they don’t deserve asylum.
The fear of persecution is why an immigration judge granted the family political asylum in 2010.
German authorities demanded the family stop home schooling. They faced thousands of dollars in fines and they initially took away their children in a police van.
German state constitutions require children attend public schools. Parents who don’t comply face punishment ranging from fines to prison time. The nation’s highest appellate court ruled in 2007 that in some cases children could be removed from their parents’ care.
[Michael] Farris [founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association] said Americans should be outraged over the way the Obama administration has treated the Romeike family – and warned it could have repercussions for families that home school in this nation.
To start with the last first, there is no way this case has any impact whatsoever on home schooling in the US.
But to the main point: this is our immigration system, and it is one that is copious and difficult and does not take into consideration whether a family appears to be nice and potentially productive (which is the impression given about the Romeike family, even if it is not proven, but I am assuming the best possible facts for the sake of argument). We have to remember that our current system will deport a person who has been in this country, albeit illegally, since they were a baby and send them back to a country that they do not know, because, well, you can’t reward all that bad behavior, now can you? Note that the whole purpose of the DREAM Act is to find a path to residency and/or citizens for such persons. However, this is legislation that we apparently cannot even get to a vote.
Beyond that, the process to obtain legal residency in the US is arduous and can take over a decade. See, for illustration (literally), this. Of the things to be outraged about concerning our immigration laws, the fact that a clearly middle class family will be forced to return to live in one of the richest countries in world (with the main penalty the requirement to attend public schools) is well, well down the list. Just because the Romeike family is white and Christian should not be a reason for outrage (however, the Christian part is the clear source of outrage here).
I do not know what Todd Starnes’ views are on immigration, but the tone of the piece adn a perusal of his blog suggests that he is unlikely to be an advocate for immigration reform.
I must confess: I read it twice before deciding that it wasn’t an attempt at Onionesque satire.