A family who fled Germany to homeschool their children won’t be deported, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear their asylum appeal, reports Reason‘s Hit & Run blog.
A Homeland Security official told the Romeikes’ attorneys they’d been granted “indefinite deferred status,” according to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.
Germany bans homeschooling under a Nazi-era law. Parents are threatened with huge fines and loss of custody of their children. The Romeikes, who are devout Christians, fled to the U.S. and received asylum in 2010. Then the Department of Justice got the asylum ruling reversed, arguing that the German ban doesn’t constitute religious persecution.
By first opposing asylum and then granting “indefinite deferral,” the Obama administration has enforced “the idea that, in immigration as in other policy domains, the rule of men trumps the rule of law,” writes Ed Krayewski.