By Pat Henry
For The Lafayette Citizen Journal
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security notified the Romeike family, who had fled Germany and requested asylum in the United States in order to be allowed to home school their children, that they would be allowed to remain in the United States indefinitely. The Romeikes had taken their case all the way to the Supreme Court, which refused to hear their appeal. This would have allowed the Obama administration to deport this Christian family back to Germany, where they risked forced removal of their children by the German government. The Obama administration fought the Romeike’s request for asylum.
It was primarily due to the efforts of the Home School Legal Defense Fund and outrage from many people in the U.S. that the Obama Administration backed off on their efforts to deport this family. But, having won in court and establishing a damaging precedent for the future, the Obama administration could afford to be more reasonable in this particular case. Again, it appears that only intense media attention and the potential negative effects of going through with the deportation were the main reasons for restraint on the part of the U.S. government.
Department of Homeland Security? Yes, these people are likely terrorists, because they represent all the wrong things to the Obama administration and groups targeted as enemies to them: they are white, Christian, European law abiding home schoolers who came in the right way through the front door. This turned out to be their biggest mistake in terms of being able to stay in the U.S. with the least amount of interference and hassle.
If they sneaked into this country over the southern border and kept their mouths shut, this wouldn’t have happened.
There are estimated to be 11 million (likely many more) illegal aliens present in the U.S. at this time. Many cities and town are designated as “sanctuary areas”, where the local governments have pledged to break the law and not support the state or federal government in identifying or deporting these illegals. Some of these governmental units even give them driver’s licenses and in-state tuition assistance for their children’s college costs! If you are an Hispanic illegal alien, you will stay here without having to appeal your case all the way to the Supreme Court. You won’t be harassed or bothered; you will be celebrated and embraced.
This sad state of events certainly reveals a lot about the values and beliefs of the Obama administration. Beware if you are not a member of one or more of their politically favored groups.