After a long and emotionally draining battle with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Romeike family has been given permission to stay in the United States. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) reported on March 4, 2014 that after an amazing amount of public outcry, Homeland Security says the Romeike family can stay without the threat of deportation.
The Romeike story
It started in Germany. The Romeike family homeschooled their children. Rare exceptions aside, homeschooling in Germany is illegal. Germany expects all children to attend state schools. When faced with heavy fines and the threat of having their children taken away from them, the family fled to the United States.
The family applied for assylum based on religious persecution. Assylum was granted. However, the Obama administration overturned that decision and the Romeike family faced deportation.
HSLDA stepped in and fought the deportation. They lost the battle at every turn. Even when Glenn Beck stepped in with a sizable donation, the family still could not catch a break in court. Then, a petition was filed with thousands of signatures requesting that the U.S. Government answer a final request. On that, the family won.
The U.S. Supreme Court was supposed to hear the case on Monday, March 3, 2014. Instead of hearing the case, the court decided against it. That left the Romeike family with no more options. They were out of time and legal recourse. It looked like deportation was inevitable.
After public outcry, the Department of Homeland Security gave the Romeike family permission to remain in the United States. This happened on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
Finally, this family can have peace. They can homeschool their children without worry of deportation, fines, or losing custody of their kids.
The Romeike family lives in Tennessee. Their story is captured in this video.
Lynda Altman has homeschooled her 4 children over the last 15 years. She believes that homeschooling is a parent’s G-d given right. Lynda writes a blog called Homeschooling When Mom has Cancer. Get notices when this page is updated by clicking on the subscribe link, by email, or contact Lynda @fusgeyer on Twitter.