Judge Burman, an Immigration Judge in Memphis, ruled in late January that German parents fleeing Germany could receive asylum in the United States because they were persecuted for homeschooling in Germany. Burman’s opinion in the matter underscores many of the points I tried to make here.
The judge made it clear that Germany was headed down the wrong path and should be more tolerant of those who wish to homeschool their children for whatever reason. Germany’s policy, according to Burman, was “repellent to everything we believe as Americans.” He makes a strong statement about the values we have as Americans–values we should never forget or take for granted:
“We can’t expect every country to follow our constitution. The world might be a better place if it did. However, the rights being violated here are basic human rights that no country has a right to violate.”