Religion News Service reports on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Romeike Hearing regarding the German family’s political asylum request to stay here in the United States.
(RNS) When Uwe and Hannelore Romeike’s asylum case is argued Tuesday (April 23) before a panel of federal judges, their lawyers won’t talk about poverty, war, or any of the reasons most immigrants cite in their bid to stay in the U.S.
Instead, they’ll focus on a parent’s right to teach their children at home, which isn’t allowed in the Romeikes’ native Germany. There, home-schooling families face fines, jail time and even loss of custody if their children are not enrolled in a traditional school.
The major question seems to be whether homeschoolers are considered a “particular social group“, as proposed by the original judge ruling for the family’s political asylum request. Judge Berman stated he “did find that the homeschoolers are a particular social group for the purpose of asylum law.”
The RNS article pointed out another German homeschooling family’s stand in regard to their country’s government policies.
“There are new cases cropping up all the time,” said Jurgen Dudek, a Christian home-schooling father of eight. His family, one of just a few that is open about home schooling, faces a near-constant cycle of fines and court appearances.
Dudek spoke last week at a homeschooling conference in Minnesota, and plans to attend the Romeikes’ hearing. Even if the Romeikes win, he said, his family will remain in Germany.
“We wouldn’t want (the German government) to be triumphant in ousting the Dudek family,” he said.
Kudos to the Dudek family staying in their home country, a federal republic, and dealing with the oppressive rules inflicted on home educating citizens. Good wishes for the Romeike family and their quest to educate their children as they wish.