Tens of Thousands Petition White House to Help Fight Deportation of German Homeschooling Family

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Purcellville, Virginia — Tens of thousands of Americans have signed a petition the White House to grant asylum to a German family that risks deportation for seeking to come to America to find the freedom to homeschool their children.

The Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is just 15,000 signatures shy of bringing its request before the White House, as the Obama administration responds to only those petitions that gather at least 100,000 signatures within a 30-day period. As of press time, the petition had nearly 85,000 signatures. It has until April 18th — 10 days — to meet the minimum requirement.

As previously reported, Uwe and Hannelore Romeike fled to the United States in 2008 after German authorities demanded that they stop homeschooling their six children. Homeschooling was made illegal in the country in 1938 under the dictatorship of Adolph Hitler, and the law has never been repealed, but rather strengthened. In 2007, the German Supreme Court ruled that the country’s mandate that children be sent to public school is necessary to “counteract the development of religious and philosophically motivated parallel societies.” Click here to continue reading.

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