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German Homeschoolers Denied Asylum

The complicated case of Germany’s Uwe and Hannalore Romeike is in the spotlight today, after the Supreme Court decided against hearing their appeal to stay in the States. The Romeikes want to homeschool their children, which isn’t legal in Germany. The Homeschooling Legal Defense League convinced them to come to the United States in 2010, where they were originally granted asylum—but that asylum was overturned once the Supreme Court determined that not being able to homeschool does not constitute religious persecution. This means the Romeikes will have to head back to the European Union (not necessarily Germany—fortunately for them, many countries in the EU do allow parents to homeschool their children) but it’s raised a bit of an uproar. Some groups think the Romeikes are being treated unfairly. Some think the Supreme Court made the right call

Update: The Department of Homeland Security has granted the Romeikes “indefinite deferred status,” meaning they can stay in the US as long as they want, barring any criminal offenses. Everyone wins.

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