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How to Help the Romeikes
Volume 115, Program 40
4/12/2013
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The German Romeike family found the freedom to keep homeschooling their children after finding asylum in the United States. But now, the U.S. government is threatening to send them back to Germany to face persecution. Join Mike Farris today, on Home School Heartbeat, as he explains a very simple and effective way that you can help the Romeikes right now.

Jim Mason:
What can our listeners do to help the Romeikes?

Mike Farris:
Well, Jim, there’s a petition on the White House website that urges the Obama administration to use its discretion to grant this family relief. Now, there’s a dispute between the parties about the meaning of the law, but there’s no dispute that the Attorney General of the United States has the discretion to interpret the law more leniently than it has. They’ve interpreted the law leniently for all kinds of classes of illegal immigrants in this country, and it doesn’t make any sense that we can’t interpret this law leniently toward this German homeschool family. Now we think it’s a straight-up application of the law; they think differently. But there’s no doubt they can say, “Well, you know what? We’re going to be lenient in this situation; we’re going to open our doors to the few homeschoolers in Germany.” There’s about 500 homeschoolers in Germany—it is not going to be a flood of people coming here if they do this. The Obama administration has taken a very hard line, and I can’t figure out why they would do that; there’s only three possible reasons. One is they hate homeschooling. Second, they hate individual religious liberty. Or, third, they’ve got some deal going on with Germany. I do pretty good job at legal analysis; I’m not so great on psychoanalysis, but it’s one of those three things, and there’s no legitimate justification for any of those answers. They should grant this family asylum.

Jim:
Thanks, Mike. I’d urge all our listeners to go to homeschoolheartbeat.com. Follow the links to the White House website to [sign the petition to] allow the Romeike family to stay in America. For Home School Heartbeat, I’m Jim Mason.


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