Attorneys for Christian parents who fled Germany in order to home school their children but have been denied U.S. asylum said they are preparing to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case and are working with Congress to try to change asylum law.
The Romeike family came to the U.S. from Germany five years ago hoping to find refuge. They wanted to homeschool their children in freedom and an immigration judge granted them asylum in 2010.
But the U.S. Justice Department wants them deported, arguing on appeal that homeschooling is not a right.
In May, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said the family did not meet the criteria for asylum, finding that Germany does not single out religious minorities for persecution. The court said that Germany treats all truants the same regardless of the reason, religious or not (a contention that American home-schooling experts would say is not true).
Earlier this month, the court declined to revisit the issue.
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike began homeschooling in Germany because didn’t want their children exposed to things like witchcraft and graphic sex education that are taught in German schools.