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Published On: Tue, Jul 9th, 2013

DOJ: Homeschooling ban is not persecution noting ‘tolerance,’ now pushing for German family to be deported

The Justice Department said German laws outlawing homeschooling do not constitute persecution and they are continuing to move that the German homeschooling family be deported, according to a briefing filed in a high profile asylum case.

Romeike family

Romeike family

“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department brief states in their battle against the Romeike family. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”

The Romeikes had already been fined and German police once forcibly escorted their five children to school. They were notified that they could ultimately lose custody if they continued to home school.

The Home School Legal Defense Association is representing the family in their battle to start a new life in the United States.

The Romeike family lost their first court case here in the US.

“[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 stated. “There is a difference between the persecution of a discrete group and the prosecution of those who violate a generally applicable law.”

The Romeike family fled to the United States in 2008 after German authorities demanded that they stop homeschooling their six children. Homeschooling was made illegal in the country in 1938 under the dictatorship of Adolph Hitler, and the law has never been repealed, but rather strengthened.

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