In 2008 the Romeike family from Germany found asylum in the United States, because their country threatened to take away their children if they kept homeschooling. Now, the U.S. government threatens to deport them because it doesn’t see that homeschooling is a fundamental right. Join Mike Farris and special host Jim Mason as they share about the family’s uphill battle for asylum, today on Home School Heartbeat.
Mike, can you tell us about the Romeike case, where we’re representing a family seeking asylum in the United States.
The Romeike family had to leave Germany because Germany bans homeschooling. Any family there that wants to homeschool their kids is going to face threats of losing their children, heavy fines, and that’s exactly what happened to the Romeikes. On one occasion, the police showed up with a van and armed police escorted the kids out of the home and took them to the public schools. They tried it a second time but there were some bystanders that scared the police off. But this is a family that has been seriously threatened and fined and persecuted because of their religious beliefs that they want to homeschool their kids as required by God.
What’s the status of their case, Mike?
When they first arrived here in the United States, they promptly applied for political asylum and, in 2010, the first immigration judge ruled in their favor. The Obama administration appealed that ruling, took it to the Board of Immigration Appeals. That board sided with the Obama administration, and now we’ve appealed the case to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and it’s coming up for oral argument on April the 23rd in the Sixth Circuit.
Thanks Mike. For Home School Heartbeat, I’m Jim Mason.