The number of minor children crossing or attempting to cross the U.S. southern border unaccompanied by a parent or other adult relative has exploded from 6,560 in 2011 to an estimated 60,000 for fiscal year 2014. Border patrol agents in South Texas reported over 1,000 such children were apprehended by officials earlier this month, including a 3-year-old boy from Honduras.
It’s again time to pray for the Romeike family who fled Germany with their children in order to freely homeschool them in the United States. They were originally granted temporary asylum by an immigration judge in 2010, but the Obama administration appealed that decision and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the immigration judge’s decision.
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2.) Michael Farris, Founder and Chairman of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), is asking for us to set aside November 17th as a special day of prayer for the Romeike family. Remember this is the German homeschool family that came to this country to escape persecution from the German authorities because of their decision to homeschool. They were originally granted temporary asylum by an immigration judge, but the Obama administration appealed that decision and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the immigration judge’s decision. In Romeike v. Holder, HSLDA is asking the Supreme Court to uphold America as a place of refuge for those who are persecuted for their faith. Michael Farris says, “I feel good about our argument, but we must all recognize that the Supreme Court takes a very limited number of cases—so please pray that the Court will agree to hear our appeal.” Did you know the Supreme Court of Germany declared that the purpose of the German ban on homeschooling was to “counteract the development of religious and philosophically motivated parallel societies”? By the way that law was enacted by Adolph Hitler!
The Romeike family is a German homeschooling family which moved to the United States in August 2008 seeking freedom to homeschool their children. It has been illegal to homeschool in Germany since Hitler’s time. When they left Germany, the parents were facing hefty fines and the government threat of a lien on their home simply because they wanted to homeschool. In January 2010 a federal immigration judge granted the Romeike’s asylum, however in May 2012 the Obama Administration revoked the asylum seeking to deport the family.