December 05, 2012
The Romeike Case: Religious Persecution of Home-Schoolers?
Speaking of Germany...... last Friday the Murphy Institute dedicated one of its "Hot Topics: Cool Talk" programs to the recent grant of political asylum by U.S. Immigration Judge Lawrence Burman to German family (Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their five children) who were home-schooling their children. (In Germany, attendance at an officially recognized school – public, private or religious – is mandatory.) Judge Burman ruled that “home-schoolers are a particular social group that the German government is trying to suppress. This family has a well-founded fear of persecution … therefore, they are eligible for asylum.” Luke Goodrich, a Becket Fund attorney who worked on their amicus brief supporting the Romeike’s asylum claim, debated this issue with David Abraham of the University of Miami School of Law. You can watch the video here.
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