German home-schoolers ask US high court for asylum

Updated at: 10/11/2013 11:05 AM
By TRAVIS LOLLER

(AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A couple who fled Germany in order to home-school their children is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant them asylum.

Uwe (OO-vuh) and Hannelore Romeike (roh-MEYE-kee) moved to Morristown, Tenn., in 2008 after facing escalating fines and threats for refusing to send their children to a state-approved school, as required by German law.

The Romeikes claim they are being persecuted because they want to raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in May rejected that claim. The court found that U.S. law does not grant asylum to every victim of unfair treatment.

The couple filed an appeal Thursday. They argue that Germany’s law violates international human rights standards because it does not allow parents to control their children’s education.

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