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DHS: German Christian family can stay in U.S. to homeschool children

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, center middle, and their six children stand with Michael Farris and other members of their legal team.
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, center middle, and their six children stand with Michael Farris and other members of their legal team.
Home School Legal Defense Association via The Blaze

In a stunning turn-around, a German family seeking asylum in the United States in order to home-school their children, has been told they can now stay in the country, The Blaze reported Tuesday.

"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'," the Home School Legal Defense Association said on its Facebook page.

The ruling means the Christian family can stay, provided they are not convicted of a crime, HSLDA added.

The group credited the sudden victory "to our Almighty God," and thanked all those who supported the family's efforts.

One day ago, The Blaze added, the family thought it would be deported back to Germany, where authorities would take their children over their decision to home-school.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike have fought to stay in the U.S. since 2008, when they moved to Tennessee. On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear their case for asylum.

Last year, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected their claim, saying U.S. law does not grant asylum to “every victim of unfair treatment.”

Even Obama's Justice Department fought to have the family deported, claiming in a legal brief that Germany's goal is an "open, pluralistic society.”

“Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”

Monday's decision by the Supreme Court seemed to be the end for the family's fight to stay. But Tuesday's surprise ruling changed that.

“We are happy to have indefinite status even though we won’t be able to get American citizenship any time soon. As long as we can live at peace here, we are happy. We have always been ready to go wherever the Lord would lead us—and I know my citizenship isn’t really on earth," Uwe Romeike said at HSLDA's website.

"This has always been about our children. I wouldn’t have minded staying in Germany if the mistreatment targeted only me—but our whole family was targeted when German authorities would not tolerate our decision to teach our children—that is what brought us here,” he added.

Mike Donnelly, director of international affairs for the HSLDA, said he believes the decision was prompted by Germany's repressive policies against those who home-school their children.

“How could our country send this loving peaceful family back to be crushed by outrageous fines, criminal prosecution, and the loss of their children?" he asked.

On Tuesday, Michael Farris, chairman of the HSLDA, told Glenn Beck he views the sudden decision as a "miracle from God."

“I don’t believe that anything else could explain it, other than God has intervened," he added.

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