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German Christian Homeschoolers May be Granted Political Asylum

Contact: Ian Slatter, Home School Legal Defense Association, 540-338-8663

PURCELLVILLE, VA, Jan. 19 /Christian Newswire/ -- In what could be a major international embarrassment for Germany a federal immigration judge in Memphis Tennessee is expected to rule this Wednesday on the political asylum case of the Romeike family who fled persecution by German authorities over homeschooling in August 2008.

"The persecution of homeschoolers in Germany has dramatically intensified," said HSLDA staff attorney Michael P. Donnelly.  "They are regularly fined thousands of dollars, threatened with imprisonment, or have the custody of their children taken away simply because they choose to home educate."

It's for these reasons that the Romeikes fled Germany and with the help of HSLDA filed for political asylum in the United States. 

Uwe Romeike, a music teacher, and his wife Hannelore, have five children. "The freedom we have to homeschool our children in Tennessee is wonderful.   We don't have to worry about looking over our shoulder anymore wondering when the youth welfare officials will come or how much money we have to pay in fines," said Mrs. Romeike.

"We left family members, our home, and a wonderful community in Germany, but the well-being of our children made it necessary," said Mr. Romeike.

"If the political asylum application is granted it will be the first time America has ever granted political asylum to Christian homeschoolers fleeing from German persecution," said Donnelly.   

After the expected decision a press conference will be held.

Location:  Crowne Plaza Memphis
Address:  300 North Second Street
Room:  River Room
Date:   Wednesday, January 20th
Time:   5:00 pm - Central Time
Contact:  Mike Donnelly - 540 454 7780

For more information about Germany's persecution of homeschoolers, visit www.hslda.org/germany.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 27-year-old, 85,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.