“In Germany there is basically religious freedom, but it ends at least with teaching the children,” Uwe Romeike (pictured here teaching his son) says in a video produced by the Home School Legal Defense Association, the Christian organization providing the family’s legal support. Photo courtesy Home School Legal Defense Association

“In Germany there is basically religious freedom, but it ends at least with teaching the children,” Uwe Romeike (pictured here teaching his son) says in a video produced by the Home School Legal Defense Association, the Christian organization providing the family’s legal support. Photo courtesy Home School Legal Defense Association


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WASHINGTON (RNS) Remember the case of the evangelical home-schooling family who was fighting deportation because they feared prosecution back home in Germany? Some 127,000+ people petitioned the White House to give “full and permanent legal status” to Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children.

The White House has now responded (sort of) via its We the People online petition site:

The We the People Terms of Participation explain that “the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government.” To the extent that these petitions request a particular law enforcement or adjudicatory action, or address a matter before the courts, we cannot issue a comment.

But while we can’t comment on this particular issue, we know that homeschooling is a popular option for many parents pursuing high academic standards for their children. Homeschooling can provide young people with the resources and attention they need to succeed academically, and we understand why their parents value this freedom.

What’s next? The Romeikes’ attorneys are vowing to take their case to the Supreme Court after a federal appeals court ruled against them.

12 Comments

  1. Jesus would never consider any person to be “illegal” but just as a person who is a part of the human family on earth. It is a sad state of affairs when human governments do not hold the same consideration.

    • You are hopelessly wrong. Illegal means you came into a country illegally. There is NO problem with immigration. Just do it legally.

      There are thousands of people who have been waiting to enter legally, by following the rules. Why should anyone think they have the right to jump the cue and become dependent on a state that have contributed nothing to?

      You may not enter the kingdom of God illegally either, so I think your point is entirely misplaced. Liberalism certainly clouds common sense. Scripturally AND politically.

  2. Just think – a wonderful couple who fully exhibit the values that made this country what it is being turfed out while Illegal Alien parasites with criminal pasts are released and welcomed as future citizens.

    Once the kangaroo court system had ruled to expel them, they should consider Canada. BC in particular is very sympathetic to the home school parents.

    Our church among others has a expanding worldwide presence in home schooling with incredible on-line curriculum, international social events etc.

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