Homeschool Family v. Nazis, DHS, and Eric Holder by David Botkin

“Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” (Prov. 31:8,9)

Attorney General Eric Holder has been busy. Between managing the Fast and Furious scandal and trying to explain how it’s lawful for the President to use drones to blow up people in the USA, you’d think he’d be fully booked in the “Treason and Tyranny” department. But he’s not – he’s got another shameful project brewing.

But first, some background. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. In Germany it’s been a punishable offense ever since 1938. Back then Hitler wanted the government to have control over what children think and believe – and the current German government is of the same opinion and is using the same law. But there are some Christians over there that don’t want the German government brainwashing their children.

The Romeikes are one such family. They had several nasty run-ins with the German government and ultimately fled to the USA and requested asylum. And an immigration judge granted it, calling the German policy “utterly repellent to everything we believe as Americans.” The Romeikes were allowed to stay in America, free to teach the Bible to their children and raise them according to their beliefs. No longer would their children be brainwashed by the Hitler Youth German Education System.

And then the Department of Homeland Security appealed the judge’s decision and got it overturned. This meant the Romeikes could no longer stay in the USA; they would have to be deported. Rather than just give up and leave, the Romeikes (aided by HSLDA) appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals with Romeike v. Holder. Eric Holder’s basic counter-argument for why they should be deported is that, since parents have no right to educate their children, their rights have not been violated, they haven’t been persecuted, and thus they shouldn’t be treated as refugees. Eric Holder wants to send the Romeikes back to Germany. If this happens they will probably face severe penalties, including loss of their children. If they get sent back to Germany it will basically be the end of their family.

Now, it’s interesting to note that Eric Holder can’t be bothered to deal with illegal immigration, except to stop states that want to enforce current laws. But apparently persecuting Christian homeschoolers and appeasing DHS and the German government is a priority for him.  Presumably his policy is: “Don’t touch illegal immigrants – deport religious refugees.”

Here’s where things stand right now: If the Romeike family loses Romeike v Holder they will probably be deported.

Here’s where you can get involved. There’s a petition over at, appealing to President Obama to let the Romeikes stay. I’ve signed it – I say we put the President on the spot on this issue. After all, I don’t know how he could make it sound like sending them back to be punished by Nazi Law is a good thing.

This sort of incident shows the mindset of the current administration: Crush the weak, trample on families, overthrow the rule of law,support tyranny wherever it’s found. We need to push back and defend the weak,protect families, uphold the rule of law, and resist tyranny wherever it’s found.

Go sign the petition and keep tabs on the case here:

Recommended Resources:

The Right to Home School: A Guide to the Law on Parents’ Rights in Education
You Can Homeschool
Homeschooling, The Right Choice
The Heart of Homeschooling
Home School Heroes


4 thoughts on “Homeschool Family v. Nazis, DHS, and Eric Holder by David Botkin

  1. There’s something I don’t understand in this business. The Romeikes did *not* need to leave Europe to be able to homeschool their children. There are a number of German-language jurisdictions in Austria and Switzerland which allow it, and there is a fairly large homeschooling community in the UK, where it is most certainly allowed, and where it is not just Christians who practice it.

    As European Union nationals the Romeikes could have ‘walked in the door’ into any of these countries, and before they got offside with the German government in the first place. Why didn’t they?


    1. I’m not sure why the Romeikes chose to flee to the US instead of to another European country that allows home education, but these decisions are often very complicated when it comes to arranging visas (especially if you’ve got to move quickly). Living overseas, I have a new appreciation of how difficult it is to move between countries, even when you have the requisite residential status and correct exit/entry visas. I’ve had a couple of difficult conversations with a customs office when trying to reenter a country of which I am a legal resident. The last time, I was told that, even though I had a slip of official paper stamped with the correct seal and signed by a person in authority, my visa could not be honored, because the stamp and signature were not directly on the paper in my passport booklet! This ended up costing me a lot out of pocket, and the official wouldn’t listen to my (very valid) explanation of why I had the piece of paper instead of the stamp in the booklet. International travel is difficult enough; moving an entire family to evade persecution has to be ten times as difficult.


  2. – Jennie – Visas would not have been an issue for Britain, or indeed anywhere else in the EU. Something called the Schengen Agreement means that there are no internal immigration borders in Europe; you don’t even need a passport to go from country to country. Britain is a little different, but any German arriving there would simply be waved through, as long as they had a passport.

    Just out of interest, where have you lived overseas?


    1. Well, I think it’s a bit more complicated when you are seeking asylum. Check into the case of the family from Sweden whose son was taken from them and has been stuck in foster care for years while they’ve battled to get him back. They had no option to flee with their son due to very complicated visa/asylum requirements. HSLDA has been on the front of the legal battle to help this German family and has already checked into several other options (different countries) that they can move to in order to maintain their freedom to home educate. Thus far, the US has been the best option. I don’t know all the legal ins and outs, but these guys have been defending home education and parental rights all over the world for over 30 years.

      We currently live in East Africa and have a constant paperwork pile to deal with when it comes to travel, even though my husband has a work visa and we are all legal residents. International living can be tricky!


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