Is it possible someone in the Obama administration did something right, for a change?
On Tuesday, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) announced a drastic turnaround on the part of the federal government: The German Romeike family, which sought asylum in the United States to home-school their children, will now be allowed to stay in America.
“The Romeikes can stay!!!” the HSLDA announced on its Facebook page.
Just one day ago, the Romeikes thought they would be forced to return to Germany, where the state could take custody of their children because of their decision to home-school. At a minimum, they would face increasingly harsh fines for violating Germany’s compulsory attendance law.
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike have been fighting to remain in the United States since 2008, when they fled to Tennessee, but the Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal for asylum on Monday.
A post on the HSLDA’s Facebook wall signed by the organization’s chairman explains the change:
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.)
Last night it looked like they would be deported, but much can change in one day.
After the Supreme Court ruling, yesterday, Congressman Trey Gowdy told Fox News, “the president is advocating for the legalization or citizenship of 12 million people, surely you would think that the Obama administration would find it in their heart to support one single family, that just wants to exercise its right to educate their children under our First Amendment – in my judgement, to educate their children according to their religious views. I don’t know why the DOJ would not rush to the defense of family that just wants to exercise their First Amendment beliefs.