By Nigel Boys
After having fled to the U.S. from their native home of Germany in 2008, the Romeike family has finally had a stroke of luck from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). They fled because they were under threat of having their children taken from them for refusing to send them to public schools and home-school them instead.
According to the Home-school Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), who is representing Ewe and Hannelore Romeike in court, the German family has finally had a reprieve from the government and no longer face immediate deportation as before.
The Romeikes have been fighting a losing battle for asylum in the U.S. since their original asylum that was granted in 2010 by judge Lawrence Burman in Memphis was overturned by the Sixth Circuit Court, after an appeal by the Department of Justice.
Even though the German family had the support of the HSLDA, their re-hearing in the Sixth Circuit as well as an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court were denied, leaving the family in fear of what they would face on their forced return to Germany.
Shortly before their arrival in the U.S., the Romeike’s children had been taken away from their parents by German authorities for refusing to comply with national law to send their children to public school. Upon their temporary return to their parents, the whole family fled to seek asylum in the U.S.
However, when it looked like nothing more could be done to avoid deportation for the family, the DHS contacted the HSLDA with the good news that the Romeike’s had been granted “indefinite deferred actions status” by the Obama administration.
Mike Farris, President of the HSLDA, said in a statement that his organization and the family were overwhelmed by the decision of the DHS.
Farris went on to state that “This is an incredible victory that I can only credit to Almighty God.” He continued, “I also want to thank those who spoke up on this issue—including that long ago White House petition. We believe that the public outcry made a huge impact. What an amazing turnaround—in just 24 hours.”
Let’s hope this is just the beginning of good news for the homeschooling German family, who have courageously been continuing their children’s education successfully at home in the U.S. for the last six years, even with the legal battles facing them.