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Obama Administration Ordered By Supreme Court To Respond To Deportation Appeal By German Home-schooling Family

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A German family that came to the United States to home-school their children are hoping an appeal to the Supreme Court will allow them to stay in the country.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike are committed Christians and parents of six children, according to The Washington Times. Their beliefs include educating their own children, but home-schooling is against the law in Germany. In 2008, the German government reportedly threatened legal action if the Romeikes continued with their stand so they decided to flee to America.

A judge initially granted asylum, but it didn't hold up.

The Christian Post reports that the Obama administration has sought to deport the Romeikes and an appeals court agreed with the administration, which argued that the freedom to determine the education of one's children is not a fundamental right. The administration also agreed with a German court's argument that banning homeschooling teaches tolerance of diverse views.

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The Romeikes are being represented by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which petitioned the Supreme Court to review that appeals court decision.

"We are pleased by the Court's interest in the issues we have presented in our petition," HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris wrote in an email to HSLDA supporters, according to The Christian Post. "Romeike v. Holder gives the Court an opportunity to address important religious freedom and human rights issues. We hope that after due consideration of the government's brief they will agree to hear our case."

Sources: The Washington Times, The Christian Post