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The German Home-School Refugees Can Stay

The Romeikes can stay in America.

Just yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by this German family of home schoolers. They had been fighting the U.S. Justice Department, which labored to revoke their political asylum status and send them back to Germany, where home schooling is illegal. Talk of the Romeikes’ imminent deportation cast a pall over Americans who cherish individual liberty and human rights.

Just a day later, according to Michael Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association, the Romeikes’ attorneys, “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.),” Farris said.

In a Facebook posting, Farris thanked those “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.”

So, for now, the Romeikes need not worry about an Elián González–style extraction from their home and forced ejection from the U.S. Still, it would be wise for them to approach the Obama Administration with the eternal words of Ronald Wilson Reagan: “Trust but verify.”

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor, a contributor to National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.


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