Headline reflects update 3/4:
Michael Farris, the Romeike family’s attorney at the Home School Legal Defense Association, announced Tuesday afternoon on the group’s Facebook page:
Today, a Supervisor with the Department of Homeland Security called a member of our legal team to inform us that the Romeike family has been granted “indefinite deferred status”. This means that the Romeikes can stay in the United States permanently (unless they are convicted of a crime, etc.)
This is an incredible victory that can only be credited to our Almighty God.
We also want to thank those of who spoke up on this issue–including that long ago White House petition. We believe that the public outcry made this possible while God delivered the victory.
This is an amazing turnaround in 24 hours. Praise the Lord.
Proverbs 21: 1 “The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord, He guides it wherever He pleases.”
A young family who immigrated from Germany to the United States and settled in Tennessee in 2008, lost their last hope of remaining in America when the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition Monday to hear their case.
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike initially moved here after the German government threatened to remove their children if they continued home-schooling them in conformity to their Christian beliefs, according to Fox News.
An immigration court initially granted the Romeikes political asylum in 2010 under a claim of religious persecution. Then the Obama administration challenged the the immigration court’s findings. The couple lost their case in the U.S. Court of Appeals. Although the Supreme Court’s decision isn’t technically an affirmation of the lower court’s decision, it nonetheless has that effect.
The Romeike family has been represented throughout the proceedings by the Home-School Legal Defense Association.
“While this is the end of the line for normal legal appeals, we are not giving up,” Michael Farris, chairman of the association and the Romeikes’ lead counsel said in a written statement, Fox reported.
The family argues that German laws violate international human rights standards. But the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that claim and ruled that U.S. law does not grant asylum to every victim of unfair treatment.
According to Germany’s highest court, the country’s ban on home-schools was created to make sure that religious home-schoolers do not become a “parallel society.”
“We will pursue changes to the asylum law in this country to ensure that religious freedom is once again vigorously protected in our policy,” Farris said. “I am just glad that the Pilgrims did not face this anti-religious policy when they landed in Plymouth Rock. After all, the Pilgrims left England to find religious freedom, but they left Holland to find a place that was both safe for their children and which provided religious freedom.”
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