It is said that the night is darkest before the dawn. On these pages, I have written a number of blogs about the plight of Uwe and Hannelore Romeike. The Romeikes, an evangelical couple from Germany, wanted to home school their six children in Germany as they had grave concerns that the German government schools taught non-Christian values. In Germany, homeschooling has been banned continuously since the Nazi era. It is the only European nation where homeschooling is banned outright. Because they homeschooled, the Romeikes faced significant fines, imprisonment, and the loss of custody of their children. As a result, the family fled to the United States in 2008, and applied for asylum. In 2010, Judge Lawrence O. Burman (God bless Judge Burman!) granted political asylum in the U.S. for the Romeikes. The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) then appealed Judge Burman’s ruling, arguing that German laws banning homeschooling do not violate the family’s fundamental human rights, and DHS withdrew the family’s asylum status. In late April of last year, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on appeal from the Romeikes, and then upheld the Obama Administration’s reversal of asylum granted to the Romeike family. Following that loss, the Romeikes then appealed the appellate court’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. This past Monday, our Supreme Court rejected the family’s final appeal. At that point, they had lost every step of the legal process, and had no more options to remain in the United States legally. So, despite the 30 to 40 million illegals in the United States not living in the shadows, the Romeike family could now be deported.
But less than 36 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their case, late yesterday afternoon, the Romeike family received a reprieve. In a surprise move, the DHS granted the Romeikes “indefinite deferred status,” allowing them to remain in the United States as long as they want. Michael Farris, the Home School Legal Defense Association attorney representing the family, wrote the following on the group’s Facebook page:
This is an incredible victory that can only be credited to our Almighty God. We also want to thank those of [you] 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.
Today, we rejoice with the Romeike family and thank God for His miraculous provision and victory, and I thank my readers who prayed and wrote letters on the family’s behalf. Now we can continue to work and pray for the Wunderlich family of Darmstadt, Germany, about whom I have written on these pages. The Wunderlichs are not allowed to leave Germany because they also desire to homeschool their children in violation of their fundamental human and legal rights.