Feds to Deport Model (Non-Muslim) Immigrant Who Built Business - Faces Death in Turkey
Ibrahim Parlak is a 53-year-old Kurd who was born in Turkey. In 1991, he came to the U.S. as a refugee and was granted political asylum. He spoke no English. Parlak started working as a busboy at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago, then as a restaurant line cook. A few years later, he moved to Michigan, where his American girlfriend had roots.
Ibrahim got a job in a local restaurant as a cook, took some cooking classes, became a line chef, then became manager of a restaurant. In 1994, he leased a restaurant and renovated it. His rebranded restaurant opened in 1995, and, though he didn’t have adequate funding to purchase it outright, three local business people were so impressed with Ibrahim’s dedication that they conspired to craft a deal that allowed the once penniless, language-challenged refugee to join the ranks of business owners.
Still, things were so tight that Ibrahim had to live in the back office of the small restaurant for many months. Thus, Ibrahim Parlak became an above-average taxpayer and an employer of American taxpayers.
Yet, after 24 years here, U.S. authorities are poised to deport Ibrahim Parlak back to Turkey with all due speed – where he will almost certainly be killed.
Largely because he was unfortunate enough to get caught up in a bureaucracy that was sufficiently slow-moving to see a government (ours) that sympathized with the plight of Kurds in the Middle East under Islamic rule change into a government that celebrates the persecution of Islam’s enemies worldwide. The Kurds have given Islamist despots a run for their money for centuries. In fact, they’re even holding their own in northern Iraq against Barack Hussein Obama’s mercenary army, ISIS.
Ibrahim Parlak was issued a green card in 1992 and applied for U.S. citizenship. He passed the test for citizenship, and was waiting for a date to get sworn in.
So what happened?
Well, in 1988, Parlak was returning to Turkey (clandestinely, since he was an anti-government activist) with a group that was in the company of the Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê (PKK) a Kurdish left-wing militant organization based in Turkey and Kurdistan. The PKK was essentially smuggling Parlak and the others into Turkey.
As the group was crossing the border from Syria into Turkey, there was a firefight during which two Turkish border guards were killed. Though he was not involved in the killings and was not a member of the PKK, Parlak was later convicted by a Turkish military court of separatism. He spent almost two years in prison, during which he was tortured. After his release, he escaped Turkey for America.
Fast-forward: It seems that just prior to Ibrahim Parlak’s swearing-in as a citizen, some dutiful and shockingly effective party at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) realized that the PKK had been declared a terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1997. Though he had never been directly associated with the PKK, Parlak’s citizenship was suddenly put on hold.
Here’s where the story becomes really appalling and the actions of our government truly reprehensible....