Faced with potential deportation back to Germany, a large evangelic Christian family with six children is battling for its right to stay in the U.S.
In Germany in 2006, Uwe and Hannelore Romeike pulled their children out of public schools and began to homeschool them. However, the practice of homeschooling has been illegal in Germany since 1918, and the Romeikes were soon fined by the government and threatened with legal action. In 2008, the Romeikes fled to the U.S. in hopes of being able to continue their homeschooling practice.
An immigration judge granted the parents and children asylum in 2010. The U.S. government, however, appealed, arguing that laws against homeschooling don’t constitute human rights infractions, and, as such, cannot be ground by granting asylum.
The deportation order was issued by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice. Now, Holder has again been asked to weigh in on the situation as it develops.
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The Romeikes are joined in their case by The Home School Legal Defense Association, an organization that protects homeschooling rights. Together, have they have appealed a previous court decision that ruled in favor of the Obama administration.
The family claims that being expelled from the U.S. and being forced to return to Germany would mean fines and potential jail time, not to mention potential loss of custody of their children.
“We hope that the Supreme Court will hear our appeal and that we may be able to stay here. America is a land of freedom and we cannot go back to Germany where our children will be taken from us just because we homeschool,” said Uwe Romeike.
The family is currently awaiting a hearing in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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