Why did the Romeike family come to the U.S.?

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike were persecuted for homeschooling in Germany and fled to the

United States after facing exorbitant fines, forcible removal of their children, and possible imprisonment.

Where did the Romeikes live in Germany?

Bissingen, district of Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg

Where are they living now?


How long have the Romeike's been in the United States?

The Romeike's left Germany in August of 2008 and have been in the United States for over a decade. They have grown a life in Tennessee with their now seven children (two born US citizens).

How many children are in the Romeike family and what are their ages?

  • Daniel, age 22
  • Lydia, age 21
  • Joshua, age 19
  • Christian, age 17
  • Damaris, age 13
  • Sarah, 8 (born in the United States)
  • Rebecca, 4 years old (born in the United States)

Case timeline:

  • August 2008 —  Romeikes arrived in the U.S.
  • January 26, 2010  —  Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman granted asylum
  • May 4, 2012  —  U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals overturned Burman’s decision
  • October 29, 2012  —  HSLDA appealed the BIA’s
  • April 23, 2013  —  Oral arguments scheduled before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • July 15, 2013 – Six Circuit Denies Rehearing, HSLDA goes to the Supreme Court
  • February 12, 2014 --- US. Supreme Court Set to Review Romeike Case
  • March 3, 2014 – U.S. Supreme Court Dnies Romeike Rehearing
  • March 4, 2014 – DHS lets Romeike’s Stay Under Order of Supervision and Indefinite Deferred Action Status
  • July 2019 – Romeike’s are told by ICE they have 12 months to leave the country

For further information and interviews, contact:

Trudi Miller
HSLDA Global Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 540-338-8256
Email: interational@hslda.org