Home Schooling German Family Fights Deportation

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Oliver Canterberry

New Albany, OH

#1 Apr 24, 2013
http://abcnews.go.com/US/home-schooling-germa...

A German family that fled to the United States in 2008 to be free to homeschool their children is fighting deportation after a decision granting them asylum was overturned.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, devout Christians from the southwest of Germany who now have six children, initially took their three oldest children out of school in their native country in 2006. Shortly after, the German government started fining the family and threatening them with legal action.

Home schooling has been illegal in Germany since 1918, when school attendance was made compulsory, and parents who choose to homeschool anyway face financial penalties and legal consequences, including the potential loss of custody of their children.

To escape such legal action, the family fled to the United States in 2008 and was granted political asylum in 2010, eventually making their home in Tennessee. U.S. law states that individuals can qualify for asylum if they can prove they are being persecuted because of their religion or because they are members of a particular "social group."

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement challenged the decision to grant the Romeikes asylum to the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2012, claiming that Germany's stringent policy against homeschooling did not constitute persecution.

PHOTO: Uwe Romeike work with Lydia, Josua), and Christian during their home schooling session in the dining room of their home in Morristown, Tennessee, USA, on April 2, 2009; the Romeike family fled their native Germany and is seeking political asylum in

PHOTO: Uwe Romeike work with Lydia, Josua), and Christian during their home schooling session in the dining room of their home in Morristown, Tennessee, USA, on April 2, 2009; the Romeike family fled their native Germany and is seeking political asylum in

The board overturned the initial asylum decision, arguing that homeschoolers are not a particular social group because they don't meet certain legal standards, The board said that the home-schooled population is too vague and amorphous to constitute a social group.

Now the family is fighting that decision in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear the case on April 23.

"We think we have a pretty strong case," Romeike family attorney Michael Donnelly told ABC News. "We feel that what Germany is doing by preventing this family and a lot of other families from exercising their rights in the education of their children violates a fundamental human right," he said.

Donnelly says the right of parents to decide the direction of their child's education has been established in Article 26, section 3 of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights which reads: "Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children."

"Our Supreme Court has said that the state cannot unduly burden, restrict, or direct childrens' education privately," said Donnelly, referring to a precedent established in a 1925 case, Pierce v. Society of Sisters.
Oliver Canterberry

New Albany, OH

#2 Apr 25, 2013
Reverse discrimination under the Obama regime, we must not let liberals brain wash our children and destroy our moral values.

Obama is not a dictator, though he acts like one.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#3 Apr 25, 2013
Why would the regime want to admit people who are its diehard opponents?
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#4 Apr 25, 2013
This is fascinating. The wingnut faction is now in support of immigration and, not only that, but using a United Nations Declaration as legal support. Black is white! Up is down!

Or, its just that immigration is ok so long as the immigrants are white christians. It's only bad when they aren't.

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#5 Apr 25, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
This is fascinating. The wingnut faction is now in support of immigration and, not only that, but using a United Nations Declaration as legal support. Black is white! Up is down!
Or, its just that immigration is ok so long as the immigrants are white christians. It's only bad when they aren't.
That's about right. It's time to balance things out after the 1965 abomination.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#6 Apr 25, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>That's about right. It's time to balance things out after the 1965 abomination.
What exactly is so wrong with not playing "elect a new people" with the immigration system?
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#7 Apr 25, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>That's about right. It's time to balance things out after the 1965 abomination.
And you call yourself a Christian.

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#8 Apr 25, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
<quoted text>
And you call yourself a Christian.
We took in th e dregs for 50 years.
Christianity has nothing to do with immigration policy. You and your deadbeat dad are fond of repeating that this is not a Christian nation.
But this nation has a culture and the destruction of it needs to stop. We need a ten year moratorium on all immigration while we sit down and either hammer it out or decide to go our separate ways.
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#9 Apr 25, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>We took in th e dregs for 50 years.
Christianity has nothing to do with immigration policy. You and your deadbeat dad are fond of repeating that this is not a Christian nation.
But this nation has a culture and the destruction of it needs to stop. We need a ten year moratorium on all immigration while we sit down and either hammer it out or decide to go our separate ways.
Some of those dregs came from Canada.
Duke for Mayor

Akron, OH

#10 Apr 25, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
<quoted text>
Some of those dregs came from Canada.
Like you?

woof

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#11 Apr 25, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
<quoted text>
Some of those dregs came from Canada.
Dregs don't speak English, have a least a high school diploma and embody Western culture.
Lame, little girl.
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#12 Apr 25, 2013
Duke for Mayor wrote:
<quoted text>
Like you?
woof
Karl, this is so demeaning. Look what you have become.
Duke for Mayor

Akron, OH

#13 Apr 25, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
<quoted text>
Karl, this is so demeaning. Look what you have become.
And that's why you're a paralegal

woof
Oliver Canterberry

New Albany, OH

#14 Apr 26, 2013
-The-Artist- wrote:
Why would the regime want to admit people who are its diehard opponents?
Because they need more producers to carry the load and pay taxes for all the Third World Immigrants and Refugees that will consume far more in benefits, food stamps, WIC, Section 8, vehicle vouchers, free school lunch programs, heating and cooling subsidies plus prison costs and diseases than they will ever pay into the system, making them an overall economic gain in the system.
Oliver Canterberry

New Albany, OH

#16 May 14, 2013
Muslims and illegal aliens from the Third World are welcome but this clean Christian home schooling family was just deported by Obama and his government goons.

Christians beware.

Obama is out for blood!

“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#17 May 18, 2013
http://preview.tinyurl.com/a7k4qtv

Not Obamaís Type Of Immigrant

via Flopping Aces

"...It is sad to see a family turned away by our presidentís administration when over twelve million illegal aliens who entered the country illegally and have managed to occupy over one third of our prison populations and maintain a dominant presence on our welfare system are about to receive amnesty for their audacity and lawlessness.

We must wonder if the Romeikeís had crossed our Southern border illegally and applied for welfare and food stamps if they would have been welcomed with open arms by Obamaís henchmen or rejected because of their Whiteness and strict religious views.

Itís true, the Romeikeís are not potential Democrat voters, and are unlikely to ever apply for welfare, but should these factors be determinants for immigration or are we formulating the future demographics of our country by insisting that only the uneducated, illiterate, and unskilled minorities of the world to insure an ever-increasing dependency demographic of the future. Will one White family who doesnít need government assistance wreck the Democratís plans for dominance of the voting booth?"

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#18 May 18, 2013
-tip- wrote:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/a7k4qtv
Not Obamaís Type Of Immigrant
via Flopping Aces
"...It is sad to see a family turned away by our presidentís administration when over twelve million illegal aliens who entered the country illegally and have managed to occupy over one third of our prison populations and maintain a dominant presence on our welfare system are about to receive amnesty for their audacity and lawlessness.
We must wonder if the Romeikeís had crossed our Southern border illegally and applied for welfare and food stamps if they would have been welcomed with open arms by Obamaís henchmen or rejected because of their Whiteness and strict religious views.
Itís true, the Romeikeís are not potential Democrat voters, and are unlikely to ever apply for welfare, but should these factors be determinants for immigration or are we formulating the future demographics of our country by insisting that only the uneducated, illiterate, and unskilled minorities of the world to insure an ever-increasing dependency demographic of the future. Will one White family who doesnít need government assistance wreck the Democratís plans for dominance of the voting booth?"
1. The left hates the traditions of this nation.

2. The left hates the idea of this country having a white majority.
Oliver Canterberry

Columbus, OH

#19 Jun 14, 2013
Why are refugee terrorist and illegal immigrants coddled by this foul regime but these clean Christians are deported?

This is extreme reverse racism on the part of Obama and Holder given how they bend over backwards for Muslims and illegal aliens that sneak over the border in the dead of night and bring constant diseases like bed bugs, shigellosis, whooping cough and tuberculosis to our nation.
Oliver Canterberry

Columbus, OH

#20 Jun 19, 2013
Obama needs to apply these same hard line standards to the swarms of illegal aliens violating our borders by the thousands daily.

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