In 2008, Uwe Romeike fled Germany after facing imprisonment and the threat of his children being taken away. His crime? Romeike wanted to home school his five kids, which is illegal in Germany. The United States granted the family political asylum, and they’ve lived in the U.S. for the past several years.

Then, the Department of Justice asserted that the practice of

parents educating their children cannot be used a basis to seek citizenship and attempted to send them back to Germany.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear oral arguments later this month. Mike Farris is from the Home School Legal Defense Association and is helping Romeike fight his deportation in court. He told Fox News, “Homeschoolers in the United States are worried that the views that this administration is taking toward the Remeikes will come back to undermine their liberty as well.”

The DOJ is arguing that homeschooling is not a protected right and that parents who do so are not a protected group. Romeike said, “I certainly think it’s persecution when the government tries to take away your children from you.”

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