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Quesi



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Whoa.  Let's do a little recap of the facts here,

This family fled Germany, because the German government would not allow them to home school their kids.  They sought political asylum here in the US. 

I work with a lot of asylum seekers in the US.  Torture victims.  Massacre survivors.  Members of political or social or ethnic or religious groups that are persecuted or marginalized from mainstream society.  Gay or transgendered folks from countries in which homosexuality is punishable by death. 

Political asylum is tough to get.  I know folks who were unable to accurately document their persecution.  Folks who were too traumatized or confused by the complex application process to meet the required deadlines.  Folks who were sent back to their countries of origin, to face what is almost certain death. 

So these folks were granted asylum, due to persecution in their native country.  And the nature of the persecution was they had to send their kids to school. 

And then the US justice department reviewed the case, and decided that not being able to home school your kids does not constitute the kind of oppression necessary to be granted political asylum.  Homeschooling is not a fundamental human right.

They should just wait it out, and see if Obama passes compressive immigration reform.  If he does, then they can stay in Tennessee and homeschool their kids and teach them about how cavemen rode dinosaurs and how the sun rotates around the earth and whatever silliness they want to teach their kids. 

But they will have to get to the back of the line, just like the 11 million other undocumented folks living in this country. 

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Tonus A necessary bit of clarity. March 12, 2013, 10:55:26 AM
nogodsforme Damn straight. March 12, 2013, 03:10:10 PM