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Having fought in the courts since 2008 to remain in the United States, the Romeike family will be able to stay indefinitely, TheBlaze reports today. The Romeike family, originally from Germany, home-school their five children and moved to the U.S. because home-schooling is banned in Germany, where all children are legally required to attend government-run schools. The family has been represented by attorney Michael Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

TheBlaze reports that the Romeikes were on the verge of being sent back to Germany since the Supreme Court declined to hear their case this past Monday, in which they appealed from asylum from going back to Germany and being forced to send their children to government schools.

In statement on the Facebook page of the HSLDA, Michael Farris wrote:

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.”

While the status does not grant them citizenship yet, it does insure they can not be sent back to Germany unless they should be convicted of a criminal violation. TheBlaze reported Uwe Romeike as stating, “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.”

The Romeike's claimed in court that Germany's laws, requiring their chilren to attended government-run schools, violate their rights and international human rights standards. In the United States, parents have a right to home-school their children. The Romeikes moved to Tennessee in 2008, upon coming to the U.S.

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