In demanding asylum Monday for a German home-schooling family, U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman said he and his wife have been home schooling their own two sons.
Stutzman, R-3rd, called for the Obama administration to intervene on behalf of the Romeike family after the Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal of an immigration ruling that denied them asylum.
Stutzman said the Romeikes face being deported. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their six children reportedly left Germany in 2008, saying the nation’s ban on home schooling violated their Christian beliefs, and settled in Morristown, Tenn.
Stutzman said in a statement that President Barack Obama should reject the European belief that children belong to the state and stand instead with families suffering persecution for exercising the basic right to educate their children. Americans have always welcomed those who flee their homelands in pursuit of freedom and President Obama has an opportunity to honor that commitment.
A news release issued by Stutzman’s office said that he and his wife, Christy, decided in May to home-school their two sons.
That same month, Stutzman and 26 other Republican members of the House wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging asylum for the Romeike family. At the time, Stutzman’s office said he and his wife made the decision to homeschool their sons for a time.
The Stutzmans have homes in the LaGrange County town Howe and in Alexandria, Va.
Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., said in a June speech on the House floor that his family is home-schooled.