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.
The German Family’s Fight for educational freedom was discussed in Mike Huckabee’s Fox News interview with the charming Romeike family. The family has appreciated the support, including the $50,000 check written by Glen Beck for their defense fund. Huckabee mentioned the number of petition signers was at the 60,000 level on April 8 when the interview was broadcast.
Let’s hope the Obama administration does respond in a timely and concise manner, as promised. The homeschool community will be all ears.
More here on Home Education Magazine News & Commentary: Feb 27, 2013 - German Family’s Federal Court Appeal Hearing in April. Below is the Home Education Magazine archive timeline regarding the Romeike family.
Romeike Family Asylum – HEM
Jan 27, 2010 - News of the Romeike family’s asylum ruling is making the rounds. This is the first piece on the Romeike decision that I found which has done independent reporting and provides some context to this situation in Germany.
A New Basis for U.S. Asylum Claims - HEM
Feb 2 2010 -TIME picks up the Romeike asylum case…
Romeike Family Asylum Ctd - HEM
Feb 25, 2010 -In a piece pre-dated for Monday, March 8th, Time reports on the Romeike Asylum case again…
Homeschooling in the Immigration Debate - HEM
Mar 8, 2010 - The editorial, “Home school – The Europeans don’t like it,” on the Las Vegas Review-Journal nudges the Romeike family’s asylum into immigration reform territory.
Visit with the Romeike Family - HEM
Mar 25 2010 -Alexandra Frean, visits the Romeike family in Morristown, TN and writes about it in The Times – Exiled: the parents who dared to teach at home.
German Lesson - HEM
Oct 17 2010 - In an article titled The Homeschool Movement’s German Lesson Joy Pavelski reports in The American, the Journal of the American Enterprise Institute, on the German homeschooling family which moved to the U.S.