The petition drive on the White House site calling for an Obama administration response has passed the required 100,000 threshold level. Here’s what the petition requests:
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the Obama Administration grant full and permanent legal status to Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children. The Romeikes, a homeschooling family represented by HSLDA, were granted asylum in 2010 because Germany persecutes homeschoolers with fines, criminal prosecution, and forcible removal of children from their families. Every state in the United States of America recognizes the right to homeschool, and the U.S. has the world’s largest and most vibrant homeschool community. Regrettably, this family faces deportation in spite of the persecution they will suffer in Germany. The Romeikes hope for the same freedom our forefathers sought. Please grant the privilege of liberty to the Romeike family.
The Department of Justice contests the Romeike family’s request for asylum and the granting thereof by the Memphis Immigration Court’s original decision allowing asylum. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear their appeal April 23. There has been much attention in the media about this case. There has also been some homeschooling community dissension related to complicated political concerns created over the years. With the Home School Legal Defense Association‘s involvement in this case, some have automatic distrust due to HSLDA’s negative involvement with several invasive state homeschooling regulations over the years. Others feel camaraderie and solidarity with the family against oppressive homeschool clamps by any government towards family choice. In the diverse homeschool alliance, the extra wedge relates to the Obama administration’s attitude and policies pertaining to homeschoolers. His strong teacher union support has been perplexing to many since President Obama hit the national political scene. (more…)