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German Homeschool Family Allowed to Stay in United States

Religion Today | Tuesday, March 4, 2014

German Homeschool Family Allowed to Stay in United States

The Romeike family, who left Germany in 2008 seeking a safe asylum to homeschool their children, has just been granted indefinite deferred status to remain in the United States (as long as they remain law-abiding). Just this weekend the Supreme Court declined to hear their case, headed up by HSLDA and Mike Farris. This afternoon on the HSLDA facebook page, Farris announced that the Department of Homeland Security contacted HSLDA with the good news. He writes, "This is an incredible victory that can only be credited to our Almighty God. We also want to thank those of 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."

Homeschooling is currently illegal in Germany, punishable by severe fines and government seizure of children. The Romeike family was initially given asylum after moving to the U.S., but later had their asylum status revoked, as their inability to homeschool was not seen as persecution or violation of human rights. Since that time, HSLDA has worked to overturn the ruling.

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