Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family deported

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Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family deported

By Todd Starnes |

660-Romeike-family-1Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children.

They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.

The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution.

“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Romeike’s appeal – paving the way for the Christian family of eight to be deported.

“I think this is a part of the Obama administration’s overall campaign to crush religious freedom in this country,” said Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. His organization is representing family.

“The Obama administration’s attitude toward religious freedom, particularly religious freedom for Christians is shocking,”
he told me in an exclusive telephone interview. “I have little doubt that if this family had been of some other faith that the decision would have never been appealed in the first place. They would have let this family stay.”

Had the family stayed in Germany, where homeschooling is illegal, they would have faced the prospect of losing their children. Like the Pilgrims, they fled their homeland yearning for a place where they could be free.

Farris said the religious bias perpetrated by the Obama administration is “palpable.”

“It’s a denial of the essence of America,” he said. “The Pilgrims left England to go to Holland to seek religious freedom. They came here to seek religious freedom and parental rights for their children. Had this administration been waiting at Plymouth Rock, they would’ve told the Pilgrims to go back home.”



There are nearly 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. You’d think the Obama administration could find a place eight immigrants who want to live here legally.

Farris said the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case sends a chilling message to Americans who currently home school their children.

“This administration thinks it’s a privilege to home school – not a right,” he told me. “We’d better buckle down and be ready to fight them every step of the way.”

As for now, the Romeike family will be able to stay at their four-acre farm in the eastern Tennessee. But it’s only a matter of time before the Obama administration begins formal deportation proceedings.

Last year, I interviewed 15-year-old Daniel Romeike, a soft-spoken boy with aspirations of one day becoming a mechanical engineer. He told me he was afraid of what might happen if the family was deported. He feared being taken from his parents and placed in government custody.

“If I had a chance to talk to President Obama, I would ask him to let us stay in this great country of freedom and opportunity,” Daniel told me.

So on behalf of the Romeike family, I would like personally appeal to President Obama.

Please, Mr. President, have mercy on this Christian family. They came to our shores longing to be free. They left their homeland to escape religious persecution. Please, sir. Welcome them to our land with open arms. Bestow upon them a small measure of grace so they might be able to raise their children in the land of the free, the home of the brave.

Please spare these dear souls.


10 Comments on “Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family deported”

  1. This is SAD!!! There should be a organized effort on their behalf to petition that they are able to stay in America!!!!

    1. Isn’t there a way to come up with a petition that can be virtually signed by anyone who wants to sign it? I think we all should come up with something. Even though i do not agree with them
      Being here illegally, this is a FAMILY that has a valid reason for fleeing their country.

  2. I am heartbroken over this, I was a homeschool kid my 2yr & 7 month old will be homeschool students…It is our right to homeschool our kids the government does not and should not control our homes. Let alone dictate how to raise our kids we must pray harder for our own and others

  3. It’s not like they can’t practice Christianity, they just can’t home school their kid. Germany doesn’t have a home schooling system the way the US does and Germany is a top ranked country for education so their is no guarantee that if he was home schooled he would have a way to match then level of ability of the public schooled German kids. It’s not a religious issue. It’s a performance issue. You are all stupid no one persecutes Christians you morons. It’s the worlds biggest religion so do everyone a favor and stop whining because while you try to beat rush hour traffic, people actually getting persecuted for their religions are dodging death and oppression. Shut the hell up.

    1. This issue is about the position of the Obama administration against Christianity. The Obama administration has been consistent and resolute: they oppose Christianity. Muddying the issue with words like “performance” or a special definition of persecution will not change the truth about the position of the President and his administration. They simply oppose Jesus Christ, his people, and their ways. The people of Jesus Christ who are parents are to teach their children God’s Word from a young age. However, the public school system teaches against the principles, doctrine, and worldview of the Bible. Homeschooling is the most effective way for a Christian parent to ensure that their children know, love, and obey Jesus Christ.

      Unfortunately your very last sentence betrayed your true position.

    2. You need Jesus!!!!! Lord help this person. And by the way…. I can’t “shut up” hell…it remains wide open for EVIL ones like you!!

    3. It’s not a performance issue. Statistically and historically homeschooling is the best way to teach children. The lies the governments state about homeschooling being sub bar is totally rubbish. The government and corporations know this. It’s a religious issue – Germany hates God and does the USA. Stop being in denial and wake up.

  4. They have recently stated that the family has been granted permanent deferred status. Praise the Lord for this!

  5. It is unfortunate, however, they are not legally in this country. If they want to become Americans, they must get in line and follow the proper procedures.

    1. They were given asylum by a US judge. They were not here illegally. Please reread the story and watch the videos. I legally came here with asylum.

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