A German family that was originally granted asylum in the United States so that they could homeschool their children without being persecuted has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court asking to be allowed to stay. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike faced persecution in Germany because they are Christians and objected to tightly enforced German laws enacted during the Nazi era that require all children to be taught in state-approved schools. They specifically rejected the government-approved curriculum on religious grounds.
The original decision to grant the family asylum was reversed by the Board of Immigration because of pressure from the Obama administration and Attorney General Eric Holder, Life Site News reported.
“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” Holder said in a Justice Department brief regarding the case. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”
Home School Legal Defense Association chairman Michael Farris is representing that Romeikes.
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“The German High Court is on record for saying that religious homeschoolers should be targeted and severely punished, yet our Justice Department sees nothing wrong with that,” Farris said. “The Attorney General and Sixth Circuit are ignoring critical evidence and are trying to send back this family who is trying to stay in our country legally."
If the Supreme Court does not hear the Romeikes' case, they will be deported, Life Site News reported.
“We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will go the other way and see what the original immigration judge saw: that this family and other religious homeschoolers in Germany are being persecuted for what they believe is the right way to raise their children. This is not over yet. We are taking this case to the Supreme Court because we firmly believe that this family deserves the freedom that this country was founded on.”