The Romeike family will likely soon be deported due to an unwillingness by the US Supreme Court to intervene in a lower court’s ruling. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Uwe and Hannelore, both evangelical Christians, wanted to homeschool their children and fled to America where such a form of education is legal. All went well for the immigrants until the Obama administration’s Department of Justice decided to overrule a lower court decision and decided the Romeike family should be on the first plane back to Germany—where they face steep fines, possible jail time, and the potential removal of their children.
In 2010, an immigration judge gave the Romeike family asylum on human rights grounds, but the federal government appealed the court ruling and began the long legal journey which ultimately led to the Supreme Court. The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently denied the Romeike family’s request for a new hearing on the asylum matter.
Homeschooling was deemed an illegal act by Adolf Hitler prior to World War II. While the law has never been taken off the books, a hard line on the enforcement front had not always been taken until recently. The Justice Department does not feel that the denial of the right to practice their religion and educate their children as they see fit constitutes an infringement upon the Romeike family’s human rights.
Earlier today the US Supreme Court decided not to review the Romeike family homeschooling and religious freedom case. The Home School Legal Defense Association recently stated that the treatment of German homeschooling family “amounted to persecution.”
A release from the homeschooling association reads:
“As evidence he cited state officials’ threats against homeschoolers in general to levy crushing fines, file criminal charges and take away children, and against the Romeikes in particular for their sincere religious beliefs.”
Adolph Hitler had this to say during a speech about education prior to the enactment of the 1938 homeschooling law in Germany:
“For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”
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