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German home-school family won't be deported

This March 13, 2009, file photo shows Uwe Romeike, top left, and his wife Hannelore, second from right, teaching their children at their home in Morristown, Tenn.
AP 1 hr ago By TRAVIS LOLLER of Associated Press
The news comes only a day after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Uwe Romeike's asylum appeal.

Michael Donnelly, an attorney with the Home School Legal Defense Association, said the group received a call from the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday morning.

"This is a great, great victory," he said. "We're all very grateful and pleased."

Romeike had claimed in court that his family faced persecution in Germany, where almost all children are required to attend state-approved schools. Those include some private Christian schools.

The German government allows a few exceptions to the compulsory attendance law for parents who face logistical hurdles, for instance if they have to travel constantly for work. But children whose parents keep them home because of ideological objections to the state-approved schools are treated as truants.

The Romeikes moved from Bissingen an der Teck, in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, to Morristown, Tenn., in 2008 after pulling their children out of school and facing an escalating series of confrontations with German officials that led to fines totaling 7,000 euros, or more than $9,000. They said they feared that if they continued to home-school in Germany they could be sent to jail or lose custody of their children.


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