Petition Begun to Support Letting the Romeikes Remain in the U.S.
Under American law, the Attorney General has the right to grant asylum to the Romeike family at any time. A petition has been started on the White House website, We the People, requesting the family be allowed to stay. Although the first petition was taken down as it did not meet the threshold of 100,000 signatures within 30 days, a second petition was started on March 19. The Romeikes have a lot of support among evangelicals and conservatives generally opposed to the Obama administration.
Homeland Security Discretion
In 2011, a policy was introduced to give the Department of Homeland Security discretion to decide which deportation cases to pursue. Critics of the administration do not like the fact that while many illegals are being allowed to stay in advance of a proposed plan for amnesty, the government seems gung ho on deporting the Romeikes who initially were granted asylum.
But the concern of supporters goes beyond the fact that a return to Germany may mean more fines, possible jail terms and loss of custody for the parents. Some see this as an attack on religious values and feel it is a prelude to having the federal government ban homeschooling in the United States and thereby force parents to send their children to state-run schools to be indoctrinated.
It is legal to homeschool children in all 50 states, and it is estimated 2 million children in the United States are currently being homeschooled.
HSLDA. German Homeschooling Case May Impact U.S. Homeschool Freedom. (2013). Accessed April 4, 2013.
U.K. Daily Mail. Home-schooling family who fled to U.S. from Germany face deportation: Parents face charges and $9,000 fine for taking kids out of school as Obama officials prepare to send them back. (2013). Accessed April 4, 2013.
Washington Times. EDITORIAL: A plea from abused home-schoolers. (2013). Accessed April 4, 2013.
ABC News. Home Schooling German Family Fights Deportation. (2013). Accessed April 4, 2013.
We the People. Immediate Action Requested for Romeikes—Grant Permanent Legal Status to Persecuted German Homeschool Family. (2013). Accessed April 4, 2013.
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