You may have heard THSC President Tim Lambert welcome new Texans: “Welcome to Texas, where people are free!” Texas earned this hard-won freedom years ago and THSC battles hard to preserve our freedom. However, in other states, and more so in other countries, parents do not have the level of freedom that home schooling parents in Texas enjoy.
The Albrechts are one example. The Albrechts are a Jewish family forced to flee Germany after the German government threatened to take their son Jayson away from them after choosing to home school him. The Albrechts made the decision to withdraw Jayson from public school to protect him from anti-semitic bullying. They relocated to California on temporary visas and continued to home school Jayson.
In September of 2014, however, an immigration raid was conducted by the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agency at the Albrecht’s California home. Jayson’s mother Petra and sister Nicole, whose visas had expired, were arrested and Jayson was sent into foster care. The irony of these immigrants’ situation cannot be ignored amidst the firestorm of the story of another immigrant in California, who was released from federal custody even with outstanding charges after being deported five times and allegedly murdering an innocent victim.
Fighting for Freedom
After nearly a year, little has improved for the Albrechts. Petra and Nicole remain in separate prisons under poor conditions while Jayson has been sent to Germany and is reportedly living in an orphanage, though the German government refuses to tell his family exactly where he is.
In Texas we are able to enjoy freedom to home school. The Albrechts, however, are still fighting for their rights. The Texas home schooling community should not leave them to fight alone! Thomas Paine once wisely and famously said, “He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”
What can you do?
- Please sign the petition to grant asylum to the Albrechts and to have Jayson returned to his family!
- PRAY! Prayer is our strongest weapon against every kind of trouble. Please pray that God would fight for the Albrechts.
- Stay informed with the latest information and points for prayer through email notifications.