German home-schoolers ask US high court for asylum

German home-schoolers ask US high court for asylum

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By TRAVIS LOLLER
Associated Press

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

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike moved to Morristown 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 on 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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