‘A miracle from God’: Attorney in Romeike case talks about the stunning DHS reversal

On radio this morning, Glenn discussed the story of the Romeike family, who were seeking asylum in the United States because their home country (Germany) does not allow homeschooling. For those unfamiliar with the case, the family moved to the U.S. in 2008 after facing fines and threats for refusing to send their children to a state-approved German school. The Romeikes believed Germany’s law violates international human rights standards. But the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that claim last year under the guise that U.S. law does not grant asylum to “every victim of unfair treatment.” Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, and the family feared they would be deported.

“I warned you, this is not about the Romeike family,” Glenn said earlier today. “This is about your family and your right. If this family does not have a right to be able to home school their kids, neither do you.”

But, as it turns out, that was just the beginning. In a surprising turn of events, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which has represented the Romeike family throughout this entire ordeal,  announced Tuesday afternoon that the family will now receive “indefinite deferred action status” – allowing them to stay in America.

According to the HSLDA website, the Department of Homeland Security verbally informed Home School Legal Defense Association that the Romeike family is being granted indefinite deferred action status. DHS told HSLDA the order of removal would not be acted on and that the Romeikes could stay in the United States.

In a statement, Uwe Romeike explained his family is relieved they will finally be able to live in peace even if it means they will not be American citizens in the near future:

“We are happy to have indefinite status even though we won’t be able to get American citizenship any time soon. As long as we can live at peace here, we are happy. We have always been ready to go wherever the Lord would lead us—and I know my citizenship isn’t really on earth. This has always been about our children. I wouldn’t have minded staying in Germany if the mistreatment targeted only me—but our whole family was targeted when German authorities would not tolerate our decision to teach our children—that is what brought us here. Our entire family is deeply grateful for all the support of our friends and fellow homeschoolers and especially HSLDA. I thank God for his hand of blessing and protection over our family. We thank the American government for allowing us to stay here and to peacefully homeschool our children—it’s all we ever wanted.”

Read the full report from HSLDA HERE.

On Tuesday’s Glenn Beck Program, Michael Farris, chairman of HSLDA and president of ParentalRights.org, joined Glenn to talk about his experience representing the Romeikes and DHS’ surprising decision to allow the family to stay in the U.S. Michael chose to sum up the situation quite simply: “I believe it is a miracle from God.”

Check out the interview in the below:

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  • Anonymous

    Children belong to their parents first and foremost. Anyone who objects to this notion needs to stop molesting children. After all, who but a child molester would object to home schooling? Less kiddies out on the playgrounds to hunt for.

  • Deckard426

    The DHS needs to be taken out to the shed, and have its ass beat.

  • Anonymous

    Funny how the Progs think that parents shouldn’t have dominion over their children. All the while, they believe that they have dominion over everyone else.

    Unrighteous Dominion anyone?
    NO THANKS!

  • melissa

    LOL!! YES, they need a good ol’ fashioned spanking!!! They never hurt me.

  • Jon McCasper

    The More We Know. The far more we don’t.

  • Difcan’s Avatar

    Add to that
    CFR – Council on Foreign Relations
    CIA – Central Intelligence Agency
    COG – Continuity of Government
    DARPA – Defense Advanced Researchs Progect Agency (www.darpa.mil)
    DEA – Drug Enforcement Agency
    DOD – Department of Defense
    DOE – Department Of Energy
    DOL – Department of Labor
    DOT – Department of
    EPA – Environmental Protection Agency
    EPRI – Electric Power Research Institute
    ESA – European Space Agency
    EU – European Union
    FAR – Federal Acquisition Regulation
    FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation
    FCC – Federal Communications Commission
    FDA – Food and Drug Administration
    FDIC – Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    FEMA – Federal Emergency Management
    FREDDIE MAC – Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation
    FTC – Federal Trade Commission
    GDP – Gross Domestic Product
    GINNIE MAE – Government National Mortgage Association
    GOP – Grand Old Party
    HONDA – Home School Non-Discrimination Act
    HUD – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    JCS – Joint Chiefs of Staff
    OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration OR Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
    NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    NCIS – National Criminal Intelligence Service (U.K.)
    NDIU – National Drugs Intelligence Unit (U.K.)
    NSA – National Security Agency
    NSC – National Security Council
    RICO – Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act
    SBA – Small Business Administration
    SLORC – State Law and Order Restoration Council
    SOCA – Serious Organised Crime Agency (U.K.)
    SSA
    UN – United Nations
    UNEP – United Nations Environment Program
    UNFPA – United Nations Fund for Population Activities (see http://www.unfpa.org)
    USA PATRIOT
    USDA
    USPS

  • Anonymous

    Question: Why didn’t two well educated music teachers just apply for a green card?
    Why didn’t they just move to another E.U. state where homeschooling is
    legal (Belgium, Denmark, France, UK, Ireland)?

  • B D

    If god/supernatural was involved here, then god is ignoring a lot more serious harm being done to other children. This business of assigning responsibility to “GOD” when it’s convenient is disgusting and wrong.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    Well the left in power tried to kick out these people I bet for the only reason them being Christian and they failed to do so. Why did even the White House get involved when the world is on fire? It tells me the left do not want anymore of their enemies coming over here which is God followers.

  • fire lion

    Homeschooling is not a international protected activity.

    The US government forces people convicted of a sex crime to report every year at minimum even if they did their time. Why should they care if a another government forces you to take your kids to school? Germany has a great education system.

    They should have just immigrated normally. This story is being blown up for no reason.

  • Anonymous

    There’s a reason. Had they immigrated normally, HSLDA would still be an obscure organization. I have no problem with their being here or homeschooling, but mandatory school attendance doesn’t equal religious persecution. When the first judge granted them political asylum, the DOJ had little recourse other than challenging the decision in order not to set a horrible precedent. They let it wind its way through the courts, and DHS gave them the current status. Everybody gets what they want.

  • Anonymous

    For granting them indefinite deferred status? I thought it was a decent decision.

  • Becky Krizan

    I don’t think it’s a miracle – consider carefully: Now, the DHS can come in, knocking down doors in the middle of the night, and deport these people using the old order, any time they want, with no warning. This family is here on their “favor” and that can be revoked,any time, for no reason a all….. If they speak wrong, they will be gone tomorrow morning, with no legal recourse, no nuttin. The Nazi’s will come in the middle of the night, and load them on a plane back to Germany, anytime after the publicity has died down. I NEVER want favors from DHS… their milk of human kindness went sour from inception. I would start over, looking for new grounds, and push this till I got a legal grant of Citizenship – permanently. I NEVER want to owe people like the DHS……

  • Anonymous

    I guess they should’ve crossed the border illegally.

  • melissa

    Add to that, rather obviously, the Department of Education.

  • Jayne Nielsen

    “In a statement, Uwe Romeike explained his family is relieved they will finally be able to live in peace even if it means they will not be American citizens in the near future” I disagree. This family ARE AMERICANS regardless of their legal status (for now). I applaud these parents for their strength and stance to do what’s right for their family. They appreciate the freedoms America allows them and their children and I’m glad they’re here.

  • Jayne Nielsen

    I agree, Connor. Obama’s corrupt Administration allowed “non-threatening Muslim terrorists” to enter this country but yet wanted this non-threatening CHRISTIAN family to be deported back to Germany where they faced persecution. AND another great ruling came yesterday. “Police organizations on Wednesday praised the Senate — and the Democrats who broke ranks — for blocking President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division after strong lobbying against Debo Adegbile, who once helped overturn the death sentence of a convicted “cop killer.”
    Obama called the rejection “a travesty”. America has a BIGGER TRAVESTY and he sits limp-wristed in the White House!!!!!!!!!!

    Does anyone think that maybe people are getting sick and tired of the man occupying the White House??!!

  • Difcan’s Avatar

    Forehead smack! So true, there are just so many things to be disappointed with its hard to keep track if them all.

  • KS la B

    This Family should be deported. They knew the laws in Germany and you get several chances to change something. But instead of doing that and looking for alternatives they were sitting there till the sh.. Hit the fan. They should have to pay their fines in Germany and then start over in a country where they can immigrant legally instead of whining around now! Cause Germany was still good enough to pay them around 1000€/month for having kids. They had several options to go to other countries to homeschool their kids, but obviously they wanted all that media drama to go with it! I am really sorry for all the people that really need asylum. The Romeike case is a huge joke!!!

  • Anonymous

    The Romeikes even stated that they were initially planning to immigrate to the U.S, via the ordinary Green Card way. Then they got in contact with the people from the HSLDA who had the great idea to make a huge political case out of them. Whether the homeschooling community believes it or not, but without the intervention of the HSLDA these people could have had it a whole lot easier.

  • KS la B

    You can’t just apply for a green card. You can play the green card lottery, apply for a working visa through an employer (some of them could give you and the family a GC later on) or you invest around 1000k $. If they really wanted to immigrate through one of the above mentioned visas why haven’t they done anything for it? No one knows the answer. Maybe they just said that later on. I am just wondering how many families will try the “Romeike version” in the future.

  • Anonymous

    I’m familiar with the green card and immigration process. And their chances would have been pretty decent considering the fact that both parents are highly qualified music teachers.And

  • melissa

    I know, right!

  • Anonymous

    If Obama wanted these people kicked out, then why did he have the DHS allow them to stay?

  • Michael Steinhart

    The CPS had takr en away my children from their mother for a d slap mark on one of their faces. Even though I lived seperately form her and were no longer together they had me take a parenting class for over 2 years then stole them from me. They were both abused in foster care and only one came home. My marraige (not to their mother) fell apart and shortly after my high five figure to low six figure career. They then gave the daeth blow AFTER my resources were gone and terminated my parental rights. Hashem Yeshuah Himself WILL avenge me. NO GOVT. agency has that right and after getting the four surgeries I will rebuild my career and will take that ENTIRE county to court. They took 10 years from my family and I WILL spend the rest of my life bringing justice to that entity.