Monday, March 3, 2014

Supreme Court refuses to hear German homeschooling case; Justice department will deport family unless last minute appeal to congress is successful

Last October we brought you the story of a German family that had sought asylum in the United States so that they could home school their children, something that is unlawful in Germany.  Despite an initial ruling that granted the family asylum, the Obama Administration fought the ruling and last year the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the asylum request.

Today the Supreme Court refused to hear the family’s appeal. Barring action by Congress, the family will be returned to Germany.

Michael P. Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, released the following statement”

“Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to review Uwe and Hannelore Romeike’s asylum case. We knew it was an uphill battle since the Court only accepts 80–100 out of nearly 10,000 requests each year. While we are disappointed, the court’s decision in no way changes our commitment to fight for the Romeikes and homeschooling freedom. The court’s decision is not a decision on the merits of the case—however, it was the last judicial hope for the family.

“But we will not give up and see this family returned to Germany where they will face certain persecution. Even now, we have been working with supportive members of Congress to introduce legislation that could help the Romeikes and others who flee persecution. We will keep you informed as the legislation progresses. We will undoubtedly need your help at the right time. Although our judicial efforts on behalf of this courageous family are over for now, we are resolved to fight on for them and homeschooling freedom.”

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