The Romeike family fled to the United States after facing exorbitant fines, the removal of their children, and possible imprisonment for homeschooling. They left family, friends, and their home. In 2010, Judge Lawrence Burman granted their asylum request, saying that Germany’s persecution of homeschooling was “repellant to everything we believe as Americans.”
Their asylum was overturned by the Board of Immigration Appeals, affirmed by the federal courts. They now live under a cloud of uncertainty, yearning to be welcomed as citizens but residing in the U.S. under an order of supervision and indefinite deferred action status.
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A Plea from Abused Home-schoolers Parents Seek Asylum to Keep Family Intact (Washington Times)
The open border so dear to the hearts of many Democrats, eager to get the 11 million illegal aliens on the voter rolls, ends short of compassion for refugees from First World countries, as Uwe and Hannelore Romeike have found out.
German home-school families face US deportation (BBC)
Uwe and Hanalore Romeike want to educate their seven children at home, rather than in the school system. But in Germany where they come from originally, home schooling is illegal.
Home-schooling German Family Fights Deportation (ABC News)
A German family that fled to the United States in 2008 to be free to homeschool their children is fighting deportation after a decision granting them asylum was overturned.
Homeschool Asylum Case 'Critical' (LifeSiteNews)
Focus on the Family declared his support for efforts by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) efforts to defend a German homeschooling family facing deportation from the United States.
Knight the Sound of Tyranny (Washington Times)
U.S. connives with Germany to punish home-schoolers
Freedom to Homeschool Germany Family Fights to Stay in the US (Fox and Friends)
Michael Farris interviews with Fox and Friends on the Romeike Case
Germany Homeschoolers as Particular Social Group Evaluation Under Current U.S. Asylum Jurispudence
Thirty years after the enactment of the Refugee Act of 1980, the Board of Immigration Appeals and U.S. courts and have not reached consensus on a uniform definition for the protected category of “particular social group.”
Federal Government Tries to Block Homeschooling Refugees (First Things)
HSLDA litigates on behalf of Romeike family seeking asylum in the United States