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Homeschool Freedom Religious Persecution #Stand4Romeike
The Romeikes are a homeschool family forced to flee Germany. They were being persecuted because of their religious conviction that they should be the ones directing their children’s education.
In 2014, in the face of overwhelming public pressure to grant them asylum, the Obama administration granted the Romeikes an “indefinitely deferred action status.” This has allowed them to live and work in the United States for the last 10 years, without fear of deportation.
Then in September 2023, without any prior warning or explanation, the Romeikes were told that they are being deported, and have four weeks to obtain passports to Germany. Germany’s opposition to homeschooling has only increased in the last 10 years, making criminal charges against this family all but certain upon their return.
President Biden and his administration have the authority to direct the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to reinstate the Romeikes’ deferred status and save them from deportation.
Together, we can ask the Biden administration to do just that.
Urge the Biden administration to let the Romeikes stay.
Mr. and Mrs. Romeike and their five children fled Germany after being persecuted for following their religious conviction to homeschool. They requested asylum from the United States.
In 2014, the United States Government offered them “indefinitely deferred action status,” allowing them to live and work as productive members of society. After a decade of valuable contribution to their communities, that status was revoked without any prior warning or explanation. The Romeikes—who have two children who were born in the US, and two others married to American citizens—are being torn away from the new life they have built for themselves.
We ask that their indefinitely deferred action status be reinstated, and that they be allowed to continue serving as integral members of their community here in the United States.