Terrence J. Murphy Institute

for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy

Is homeschooling a reason to grant asylum to the German Romeike family?

Part of Hot Topics:Cool Talk Series


Friday, November 30, 2012
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Room 235, School of Law


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Uwe Romeike and his wife Hannelore seek political asylum in the U.S.  They claim they have been persecuted for their Christian beliefs which require homeschooling their children in Germany, where school attendance is compulsory.  When the Romeikes wouldn't comply with repeated orders to send the children to school, police came to their home and forcefully took the children to school.  In January, 2010 an immigration judge in Memphis, Tennessee granted the Romeikes political asylum.  Just a few weeks later, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement formally appealed this ruling. 


Should the U.S. grant asylum to Uwe and Hannelore Romeike of Germany so they can home-school their children?  Are homeschoolers a “social group?”  Is this a case of religious persecution?  Join us for this exciting debate which wrestles both family and public interests in the education of children and the matter of religious “persecution,”  November 30, 12:30-1:30pm in room 235 at the School of Law.  This program is free and open to the public.  Application has been made for an “elimination of bias” continuing- legal- education credit.


In Favor:
Luke Goodrich
is legal counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which has submitted an amicus brief supporting the Romeike’s asylum claim. 

David Abraham
is a professor of immigration and citizenship law at the University of Miami School of Law.

Program Moderator:
Virgil Wiebe
is a member of the St. Thomas School of Law faculty and Director of Clinical Education and the Immigration Law Clinic

This program is part of the Journal of Law and Public Policy’s fall symposium which focuses this year on legal issues surrounding homeschooling –click here to see the complete symposium schedule.