Homeland Security Grants "Indefinite Deferred Status" to German Family Whose Asylum Appeal Justice Department Opposed and Supreme Court Rejected

More rule by decree?


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The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal for asylum by the Romeike family of Germany, which fled to the United States in the late 2000s and actually received asylum in 2010 before the Department of Justice stepped in to object, arguing that Germany's ban on homeschooling did not constitute persecution, a requirement for asylum. Nevertheless, according to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, which helped the Romeike family in their legal fight, a "supervisor" from the Department of Homeland Security informed the family's attorneys that they'd been granted "indefinite deferred status."

So why did the Obama Administration oppose the asylum request? It may have been seeking to hold the line on more stringent requirements for asylum, or it may have been seeking to cut off attempts to argue that homeschooling is a right. No matter its intentions, the effect of the feds first opposing the granting of asylum and then granting that same family an "indefinite" status is to enforce the idea that, in immigration as in other policy domains, the rule of men trumps the rule of law.

Reason TV highlighted the case of the Romeike family, asking whether homeschooling is a universal right, which you can watch below: