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The Feds, the Germans, and Immigration Policies

I was alternately amused and amazed at the synchronicity of my blog and the news. Shortly after posting my article on the failure of our government,  I read an article that just highlighted the absurdity of the feds. Now, we’re all familiar with the small day-to-day  foolishness of our bureaucrats. They are so commonplace that mostly we just ignore them. It’s almost too easy to make a joke out of them, we’ve heard them all. We shake our heads, mutter imprecations under our breath, and go home and kick the dog. Not literally, for you PETA minded people out there. But every so often, there comes an announcement so Kafkaesque that one is left almost breathless at the sheer stupidity and incompetence of  those entrusted with our safety. Here’s the story.

First, a little background.  According to it’s own website, ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) was formed in 2003 as a response to the 9/11 attacks. ICE’s mission is to “protect the security of the American people and homeland by vigilantly enforcing the nation’s immigration and customs laws.” ICE claims the distinction of being “the largest investigative agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.” ICE has more than 19,000 employees working in 400 offices in the U.S. and around the world. Aside from the fascist-sounding word “homeland” in its title, homeland security and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement  could almost make you feel safe, knowing your borders are protected.

But here’s another part of the story. There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 11 million illegal aliens in the country today. Or if you prefer, “undocumented resident aliens.” According to the Center for Immigration Studies, more than half of the Mexicans residing in the U.S. are illegal aliens. So one would think that ICE would have their hands full trying to close what  appears to be a very porous border with our third-world neighbors to the south. In this case, though, one would think wrongly.

Uwe Romeike came to America, sought and was granted asylum by an immigration judge. The judge, by the way, works for the federal government. The Romeikes become the first people granted asylum in the U.S. because they were persecuted for homeschooling their children. It is a crime, carrying a significant fine, to home-school your children in Germany. They made the decision to come to America after racking up a large amount of fines and having the police show up at their home to take the children to school by force.

Uwe and his wife, Hannelore, are music teachers who sold their Steinway piano to finance the move to America. They are not your typical asylum seekers. They did not come to the U.S. to flee war or despotism in their native land.  They left Germany because they didn’t like what their children were learning in public school.

In February, in order to vigilantly protect our borders from the scourge of rogue music teachers, ICE appealed the immigration judges ruling.  Some say it is because the administration doesn’t want to embarrass an ally. I’m sure that the anointed one doesn’t want to offend Germany and the European Court of Human Rights. That court upheld mandatory school attendance as compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. One might wonder what human right is being protected when parents can lose custody of their children if they continue to homeschool them.

A lot of the commentary on this case is directed at the issue of home-schooling.  And certainly, it is an issue on which we can instruct our European allies. But what I find fascinating is another aspect of the case. The Romeike’s family of seven is now the subject of a federal immigration case while 11 million illegal aliens wander our country at will. It seems to be, at the least, a disproportionate response to a statistically insignificant event.

We are beset on all sides by various factions that wish to do us harm. Airplane bombers, Mexican and central American drug gangs that grow marijuana in our state and national parks, Al Quaida, to name a few. I will sleep more soundly now, knowing the government, as a matter of policy, is trying to deport that most dangerous of all things: Germans who wish to teach Wagner!

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