The Hill reported on a letter sent to Attorney General Holder regarding the Romeike family.
From The Hill:
Last week, 27 Republicans asked Holder to stop opposing the Romeike family’s request and grant them asylum. These members wrote Holder in the wake of a court case in which the Justice Department argued against asylum.
Here’s some background on Indiana Representative Stutzman:
Congressman Stutzman, who made the decision with his wife to homeschool their sons for a time, said: “Most Americans don’t subscribe to the European notion that children belong to the community or the state—they belong to their parents. For centuries, this country has always welcomed families who fled their countries in pursuit of freedom. Attorney General Holder should honor our deep and abiding commitment to freedom right now and grant the Romeike family asylum.”
Earlier this month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected the original asylum plea decision, but did reiterate US parental and guardian rights “to direct the upbringing and education of children under their control”.
Checks and balances are reflected with all three governmental branches, as The Hill‘s Pete Kasperwicz reports 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sutton suggested the lawmaking Congress might require involvement to solve a dilemma such as the Romeike family’s:
The decision in the Sixth Circuit case, Romeike v Holder, indicated that it may be up to Congress, not a court, to change the law to allow families like the Romeikes to win asylum in the United States.”Congress might have written the immigration laws to grant a safe haven to people living elsewhere in the world who face government strictures that the United States Constitution prohibits,” the decision said. “But it did not.”That decision, written by Judge Jeffrey Sutton, agreed with the Justice Department that families are not facing “persecution” under Germany’s school attendance laws..
The Appeals Court decision can be read here. The family plans to appeal this latest decision.