The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal Monday from a German family who was seeking asylum in the United States, reports CNN. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike had argued that they were being persecuted by the German government because they wanted to home-school their children.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that claim claim last year. The appeal to the Supreme Court was the last chance for the Romeikes to stay in the country; they could now be deported.
The Home School Legal Defense Association had been representing the family and issued a written statement following the court’s decision. “Although our judicial efforts on behalf of this courageous family are over for now, we are resolved to fight on for them and home-schooling freedom,” the statement read.
"It was the last judicial hope for the family, but we will not give up," said Michael Farris, the family’s lawyer and chairman of the HSLDA.
The Romeikes moved to Morristown, Tenn., in 2008. They left their native Germany because the country requires that children be sent to state-approved schools under compulsory attendance laws. As Christians, the family didn’t want to send their children to the state-mandated schools because those institutions "engendered a negative attitude toward family and parents and would tend to turn their children against Christian values."
The family claims they were facing fines and threats for their decision to home-school their children. They also have claimed that the state will likely take custody of the children if they are forced to return to the country and continue to home-school, according to an AP Story on The Blaze.
While it may be the end of the line, legally, for the Romeike family, Farris says the HSLDA will continue to fight for the rights of all parents who want to home-school children.
“We will pursue changes to the asylum law in this country to insure that religious freedom is once again vigorously protected in our policy,” Farris said in a story on the website Conservative Daily News. "I am just glad that the Pilgrims did not face this anti-religious policy when they landed at Plymouth Rock."
Farris made the argument that the Romeikes, like the Pilgrims, were seeking religious freedom and hoped to find it on this continent. He expressed disappointment in the court’s decision not to uphold those values.
“These are the very values which our nation today has decided to abandon,” he said.