UPDATED: Obama Administration wins fight to have German homeschooling family deported

UPDATE: In a surprising turn of events, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)  announced this afternoon that the Romeike family will now be allowed to stay in America. A post on the HSLDA’s Facebook wall signed by the organization’s chairman explains the change:

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.)

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.

This is an amazing turnaround in 24 hours. Praise the Lord.

Proverbs 21: 1 “The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord, He guides it wherever He pleases.”

~~Michael Farris  [Emphasis added]

This is a developing story. TheBlaze will be posting updates as they become available. Check out TheBlaze report HERE. Michael Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association will be joining Glenn on Tuesday's Glenn Beck Program to discuss the latest developments in the case. Don't miss the Glenn Beck Program, Tuesday at 5pm ET only on TheBlaze. Not a subscriber? Start your 14-day free trial HERE.

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Last year, Glenn shared the plight of the Romeike family, who were seeking asylum in the United States because their home country (Germany) does not allow homeschooling. 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 believe 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 now fears that if they go back to Germany and continue to home school, the state will take custody of the children.

“Can we go back to the Romeiki family here for a second? This is one of the worst stories I have heard yet from us,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “The Romeikis came here in 2008 seeking political asylum from Germany. You can't home school your kid. They wanted to because it is a total godless society over in Germany, and they believe deeply in God. So they came here to raise their kids in accordance with their Christian beliefs. They were initially given asylum here, and then the Administration told these pilgrims, ‘You have to go home.’”

The reasoning of the Department of Justice and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals proves this case is about much more than the rights of the Romeike family. It is about the rights of parents and families to educate their children the way they see fit.

“Well, the justice Department went after them, went after them hard, said we are going to ship you back because you don't have a right to home school your children – that is not a universal right,” Glenn said. “I warned you, this is not about the Romeike family. 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.”

In a recent op-ed for the New Republic, Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel admitted “insurance companies as we know them are about to die.” And Glenn sees home schooling facing a similar fate.

“What are they doing right now to the insurance companies? They are collapsing the insurance companies… Some would say it is a Trojan horse, but it's not. It is just right there,” Glenn said. “So now some would say this is a Trojan horse on homeschooling. But it's not. It is just right there.”

“There's no reason to take on this family… There's no reason to treat people the way they have treated people on Common Core,” he concluded. “There is going to come a time when you are not going to be able to get your kids out of school. There will come a time when you are not going to be able to home school your kids… The Romeike family is just the beginning of it.”

MORE: What's next for the Romeike family? TheBlaze's Billy Hallowell and Amy Holmes will join Andrew Wilkow Tuesday night to discuss this story and more Tuesday night on Wilkow!​.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.