Note: Just minutes before press time, the DHS did grant the family an indefinite deferred status,” meaning they can stay in the U.S.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the appeal from a German homeschooling family last week, likely resulting in their eventual deportation.
The case involved Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, who fled Germany for the U.S. in 2008 to seek political asylum. They did this because, in Germany, homeschooling is illegal.
If they choose to homeschool their kids in their native land, the law would force the removal of their children form their home.
Before they left Germany in 2008, the police forcibly escorted the Romeike’s older children to school one day. Other German families have reportedly lost custody of their children because they continue to homeschool. To the Romeikes, their decision was not just an educational one; it was made based upon their Christian religion. Their hopes were to raise their now six kids in accordance to their Christian beliefs. This story has been told before…I remember the pilgrims who first came to our country for similar reasons. Not to mention the countless thousands or possibly millions who also sought the religious freedom of our land rather than staying in their native countries due to possible persecution.
I can relate to this family’s desire to homeschool.
This is a decision my wife and I thought would be best for two of our children.
We’re thankful we live in a country where we have the freedom to do this.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the case makes me wonder just how our government views situations like mine. While our family won’t be deported, what persecutions lie ahead for us?
The situation for the Romeike family should put all homeschool families on the edge of their seats, waiting to see what the next decision is coming out of our courts. There are more than 10 million illegal immigrants living in our country. One would think this family of eight should be able to stay here on a permanent basis. Unfortunately, they are likely heading back to Germany and face a very uncertain future. Please pray for the Romeikes and pray the DOJ uses their common sense to allow this family to remain in the U.S.