"This case would probably fall under one of those cases that should be a low priority, because you have a family that is fleeing based on their own beliefs," McKanders said. "They, of course, do not have a criminal background, so it should be one of those cases where they are not spending a lot of resources, but it's not."
"The attorney general has the authority at any point in time to grant the family asylum," said Donnelly, who added that he hoped that eventually would be what happens. "These folks should be allowed to stay, they meet the standard."
Farris has also petitioned the White House to allow the Romeike family to remain in the country.
"Every state in the United States of America recognizes the right to home school, and the U.S. has the world's largest and most vibrant home school community," read the formal petition on the White House website. "Regrettably, this family faces deportation in spite of the persecution they will suffer in Germany. The Romeikes hope for the same freedom our forefathers sought."