First, they came for the Germans.
Watchdog.org reports that a family seeking asylum in Tennessee is in danger of being shipped back to Germany after U.S. courts determined that their home-schooling practices do not merit protection.
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike fled Germany with their six children in 2008 because they wanted to educate their youngsters at home. A Nazi-era law prohibits home-schooling.
But, so far, Americans judges and the Obama administration have been unsympathetic to the Romeikes' situation.
For a look at the plight they would face upon their return to the Fatherland, the case of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich is instructive.
On Aug. 29, German police stormed the Wunderlich's home in Darmstadt, Germany, and seized their four children, ages 7-14. The couple was found guilty of home-schooling their children.
The Purcellville, Va.-based Home School Legal Defense Association said the children "are still in custody, with no return date any time soon, and they have not been in contact with the parents."
The Romeikes fear that they, too, could lose custody of their children if their bid for U.S. asylum is rejected and they are forced to return to Germany.