Via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Get Schooled blog
The New York Times carried today a takeout on the Romeikes,
the evangelical Christian family from Germany who sought
and were granted
* political asylum in the United States by a federal immigration judge in Memphis. The reason: They were homeschooling their children, and that's a no-no in Germany -- violators can face thousands of dollars in fines and even lose custody of their kids.
The Times reported on the contents of the decision by immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman of Memphis:
In a harshly worded decision, the judge, Lawrence O. Burman, denounced
the German policy, calling it "utterly repellent to everything we
believe as Americans," and expressed shock at the heavy fines and other
penalties the government has levied on home-schooling parents, including taking custody of their children.
Describing home-schoolers as a distinct group of people who have a
"principled opposition to government policy," he ruled that the
Romeikes would face persecution both because of their religious beliefs
and because they were "members of a particular social group," two
standards for granting asylum.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has appealed the decision, according to The Times story.
Here's a story from the German news magazine Der Spiegel
, though it appears most of the story was clipped from various wire services.* Scroll way down to the last item.