A German family applied for (and got) emergency political asylum in the US on the basis of wanting to homeschool their kids. That's right, asylum – normally reserved for people who are being persecuted, fleeing dictators or likely to be killed in their home country.
The Romeike family want to home school their children, which is apparently illegal in Germany. Fine. Really, this post has nothing to do with home schooling. The issue here, is one of scale. How about instead of applying for political asylum you move? Home schooling is perfectly fine in neighboring Austria, and if you are (as you say) really concerned about the impact of culture on your kids Austria would be far less jarring in every way to them.
Apparently, the Romeike's were contacted by a US home school advocacy group, and encouraged to seek asylum here. Hmm. That doesn't seem political at all. I wonder how the religious right would feel if a Salvadoran family applied for asylum under the same pretense? I guarantee you that are inherently racist immigration policies would make it a lot more difficult than it was for the German family. Or how about a gay man legally married in the US? Nope, but let the German family in right away.
The bottom line is that this is a gross misuse of the political asylum statutes. They should be used for people who are in genuine danger, and who do not have the means to extricate themselves from this danger, not for a family that could easily have moved to several Euro countries that are ok with home schooling instead of engaging in political grandstanding.
I'll end with the good news that the US will likely appeal the asylum, and hopefully the family will have their asylum revoked, and be forced to return to the tyrannical regime they fled, the German school district.
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