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Published On: Mon, Nov 25th, 2013

Supreme Court orders Obama administration, DOJ, Eric Holder to respond to German homeschooler’s appeal

The US Supreme Court ordered that the Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, must respond to a petition from a Christian family from German who are fighting deportation.

Ewe and Hannelore Romeike have been battling the case for months as they homeschool their children in Tennessee. Homeschooling is illegal in Germany, a law instituted in 1938 by Adolph Hitler, so the family came to America after losing the legal battles in the native country.

Romeike family

Romeike family

German officials threatened the family with fines, imprisonment and even the removal of the children from the household. The Romeike children were taken from their parents for a time before fleeing to the United States for refuge.

In court documents filed by the Department of Justice, the Obama administration asserted that the requirement that German children be sent to public school is valid as the government seeks to create an “open, pluralistic society.” It asserted that German officials are not persecuting the family by mandating attendance since the law applies to all citizens, regardless of their religion.

“[T]he Romeikes [have] not shown that Germany’s enforcement of its general school-attendance law amounts to persecution against them, whether on grounds of religion or membership in a recognized social group,” the court ruled. “There is a difference between the persecution of a discrete group and the prosecution of those who violate a generally applicable law.”

READ MORE HERE ON DOJ SAYING IT’S NOT PERSECUTION

As the Sixth Circuit recently denied a request for rehearing, the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which has been representing the family in court, then appealed the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The government initially waived its right to respond, apparently thinking that Romeike v. Holder wasn’t worthy of the court’s consideration,” James Mason, Director of Litigation for HSLDA, told Charisma News. “Clearly, someone in the Supreme Court disagrees. While the odds of the court taking any case are very low, this has increased the chances—but it is impossible to predict whether the court will ultimately accept the case.”

Uwe Romeike says that he is praying that the Supreme Court will give their case a chance.

“We are extremely grateful for the work of HSLDA in support of our family,” he told reporters. “We hope that the Supreme Court will hear our appeal and that we may be able to stay here. America is a land of freedom and we cannot go back to Germany where our children will be taken from us just because we homeschool.”

 

 

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