Romeike Family Can Stay in U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security verbally informed Home School Legal Defense Association that the Romeike family is being granted indefinite deferred action status. The Department told HSLDA that this meant the order of removal would not be acted on and that the Romeikes could stay.
HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris was thrilled.
“This is an incredible victory that I can only credit to Almighty God. I also want to thank those who spoke up on this issue—including that long ago White House petition. We believe that the public outcry made a huge impact. What an amazing turnaround—in just 24 hours,” he said.
And here’s what made the difference: publicity and public outcry regarding an event that DOJ and DHS thought and hoped would slip past everyone’s radar. Alas, it did not.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a denial of the Romeike family’s petition for certiorari, sparking an immediate and unprecedented reaction. Fox News told HSLDA that they recorded 1 million page views of the Romeikes’ story in 24 hours—an all-time high. Although many were not surprised by the Supreme Court’s decision, it seemed that this was the last hope for the family to avoid being sent back to Germany where they would undoubtedly be persecuted for homeschooling their children.
According to a Supervisor with DHS, the Romeike family has been granted “indefinite deferred status,” though no one seems to know precisely what that means. Can and will their case be re-evaluated when the publicity dies down? Is that what it means?
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.)
One can only conclude that the federal DOJ went after this family for three reasons:
1. They are Christian;
2. They home school;
3. The are the New Minority
So either one of two things were to have occurred with regard to the Romeike family and our DOJ/DHS:
One: this was a purposeful denial of a mindset and thought process that DC, under Obama, cannot allow: Leftists cannot allow Home Schooling, they cannot allow Christians to assume superiority of/in any fashion, and they cannot support New Minorities.
Two: the DOJ/DHS wanted to ensure that the Romeikes were thrown back to Germany so that they would in fact be split asunder and have to conform to its mandatory public school regimes which would yield fines, custody and/or the physical loss of their children.
Either point is unacceptable.
Consider this one small win for the team.