Last week, TheBlaze brought you the story of a German family who immigrated to the U.S. seeking political asylum in order to homeschool their children -- something unlawful in their native country -- but who may soon be deported by the Department of Homeland Security. On Monday morning, Glenn Beck characterized the story as "nothing more un-American than this" in an interview with the family's lawyer while also vowing to give $50k to the defense.
(Related: Is Homeschooling a Universal Human Right?)
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, along with their six children, wanted to homeschool their children in their native country, but were not permitted to do so under German law. The Evangelical family sought and were granted political refuge in the U.S. by an immigration judge in 2010, but now the Department of Homeland Security is claiming that German laws banning homeschooling do not violate the family's human rights. TheBlaze's previous article explains:
U.S. Immigration Judge Lawrence Burman, who granted the Romeike's asylum, said 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."
According to the Associated Press, however, the Board of Immigration Appeals found Burman's assertion to be erroneous, adding that the actual record did not support "inflammatory suggestion that it is a Nazi-era law."
The Romeike's appeal to the 6th Circuit will hear oral arguments April 23.
“The Obama administration is basically saying there is no right to home school anywhere,” Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association (which is representing the Romeike family) said in a previous interview. “It’s an utter repudiation of parental liberty and religious liberty.”
“They are trying to send a family back to Germany where they would certainly lose custody of their children,” Farris said. “Our government is siding with Germany.”
On his Monday morning radio broadcast, Glenn Beck noted that the Romeike's story greatly mirrored that of the earliest American settlers.
"They [Romeikes] did it the right way," said Beck.
"They had their visas. They came here and asked for political asylum. Because if they return to Germany the state will take their children unless they dump them into the system that [goes against their Evangelical values]."
Beck said that the idea of deporting the Romeikes flies in the face of everything that the U.S. stands for.
"There is nothing more un-American than this."
He added that every American, not just those who homeschool, should "pay attention to this case."
Farris spoke to Beck on Monday morning to explain the Romeike's case in greater detail, saying that the family is, "right down the center, Evangelical Christians" much like historian David Barton and scores of other Americans. Farris also said it is "baffling" as to why the administration seems so bent on the Romeike case given that the initial immigration judge ruled in the family's favor.
If the administration wins this battle, Beck asked if it would be setting a precedent that can be "used against the American people" in other human rights cases.
"Not only are parental rights not valid [to the administration]...nor is religious freedom on an individual basis," Farris said. "They just struck individual liberty out of the equation...they are setting a precedent that is dangerous."
Beck expressed his thanks to Farris for taking on this case that he believes represents a struggle for the individual rights of all Americans. To this end, Beck noted that Mercury One, his charitable organization, will be donating $50,000 to the Romeike's defense fund. Beck donated to the cause and encouraged listeners to join, saying a special section will be set up on the charity's web page for those interested in supporting the family.
"If you believe in individual freedom. This is one of the many steps they [administration] are taking to take away your rights and parent your child...this is an extraordinarily important case."
Those interested in home-schooling or in learning more about the Romeike family can visit the HSLDA for more information.