Homeschooling family won’t be deported

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. learnin about america

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.

Homeschoolers get asylum

German parents who said they were persecuted for homeschooling their five children have been granted political asylum in the U.S.

German homeschoolers seek U.S. asylum

Banned from homeschooling their five children in Germany, Uwe and Hannelore Romeike are seeking political asylum in the U.S., claiming persecution for their evangelical Christian beliefs. The family, which includes five children ranging in age from 11 to 3, now lives near Knoxville, Tennessee.

Romeike, like many conservative parents in the U.S., said he wanted to teach his own children because his children’s German school textbooks contained language and ideas that conflicted with his family’s values.

Homeschooling is banned in Germany.  The parents faced fines and the possible loss of custody if they continued to defy orders to send their children to school.

Via Instapundit.