House panel OKs protections for persecuted homeschoolers

Bob Unruh – August 4, 2017

A House committee has approved a bill that would offer protection in the U.S. for homeschoolers who are persecuted in foreign countries.

The Home School Legal Defense Association this week praised the recent decision by the House Judicial Committee to advance H.R. 391, the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017.

The bill would grant asylum to homeschooling families such as the Romeikes, who were under threat of being forcibly returned to Germany by the Obama administration.

A U.S. court granted the homeschooling family asylum, but Obama administration lawyers appealed the ruling, and it was overturned.

In Germany, authorities likely would pursue jail sentences for the parents for homeschooling their children.

Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman had found that the oppression the Romeikes faced is “repellent to everything we believe as Americans.” But since the revocation of the ruling, the family has lived under an indefinite order of supervision, which prevents them from obtaining permanent residency.