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ICC Note: The case of the Romeike family appears to be moving in the direction of the Supreme Court. Legal representatives of the family have decided to appeal a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court denying the families claim to asylum, saying that Germany’s prosecution of the family for homeschooling their children based on their religious beliefs does not constitute persecution. German law requires that all children attend public school, regardless of the religious leanings of their parents. The Romeike parents began homeschooling their children when they discovered many of the anti-Biblical values they were being taught, only to have police show up at their door to forcibly escort the children to school. 
7/20/2013 United States (WND) – The U.S. Supreme Court will be asked to protect a Germany homeschooling family from the persecution members would face if they are returned to their home country, according to officials with the Home School Legal Defense Association.
The organization has confirmed that it will appeal to the high court in the case involving the Romeike family. They fled to the United States from Germany several years ago to escape the persecution the government there imposes on homeschooling families, and a judge granted them asylum.
However, the Obama administration objected to allowing them to remain in the U.S., and won an appeals court reversal of that asylum ruling. The HSLDA has been working with the family on the case.
Michael Farris, founder and chairman of the organization, said, “The German High Court is on record for saying that religious homeschoolers should be targeted and severely punished, yet our Justice Department sees nothing wrong with that.
“The attorney general and Sixth Circuit are ignoring critical evidence and are trying to send back this family who is trying to stay in our country legally. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will go the other way and see what the original immigration judge saw: that this family and other religious homeschoolers in Germany are being persecuted for what they believe is the right way to raise their children,” he said.
“This is not over yet,” he continued, “We are taking this case to the Supreme Court because we firmly believe that this family deserves the freedom that this country was founded on. Despite Friday’s order, the Sixth Circuit’s opinion contains two clear errors: First, they wholly ignored Germany’s proclamation that a central reason for banning homeschooling is to suppress religious minorities. Second, the Sixth Circuit erred when it failed to address the claim that parental rights are so fundamental that no government can deny parents the right to choose an alternative to the public schools.”
Family members face thousands of dollars in fines and possible jail time if they return to Germany. HSLDA contends that this is grounds for a well-founded fear of persecution that would grant them asylum under U.S. law.

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