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German Home-School Family Allowed to Stay in US

09-08-2014
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A German home-school family will be allowed to stay in the United States permanently, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.

The U.S. Supreme Court had refused to hear Uwe and Hannelore Romeike's bid for asylum after they fled Germany over their choice to home school their children.

Today, the DHS announced the family has been granted indefinite deferred action status. That means that the Romeikes can stay in the United States permanently unless they commit a crime or violate the terms of their status.

"This is hugely great news," Attorney Michael Donnelly, with the Home School Legal Defense Association, said.

In 2008, the Romeike family fled Germany because the state threatened to take their children away if they did not enroll in public school.

In 2013, the Justice Department argued in the Romeike case that home schooling is not a fundamental human right. The department filed suit to have them sent back to Germany.

Mike Donnelly, with HSLDA, spoke with CBN News about the Romeike's case, on CBN News Today before the DHS's anouncement, March 4.

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