Brother of Ibrahim Parlak Unexpectedly Deported to Turkey

May 14, 2007, 01:00 ET from Friends of Ibrahim

    DETROIT, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Huseyin Parlak, brother of
 Ibrahim Parlak, was abruptly arrested by the Department of Homeland
 Security (DHS) and deported to Turkey today while on a scheduled visit to
 the offices of Immigration & Customs Enforcement in Detroit.
     His deportation followed a denial of his motion to stay the order of
 removal by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals - the same court that ordered
 Ibrahim deported. Ibrahim is in the process of appealing his deportation
 decision.
     Customarily DHS provides families with 72 hours notice before a
 deportation occurs. But in Huseyin's case, no notice was given raising
 questions whether DHS broke its own customary notification rules.
     Huseyin's lawyer, Robert Carpenter, was unable to confer with his
 client, as he received a copy of the decision after Huseyin had been put on
 the plane. What will happen when he arrives in Turkey is unclear.
     "I'm just shocked that Huseyin is gone and so upset that I didn't even
 have the chance to say good bye. He could have at least had the opportunity
 to talk to his lawyer. He's not a criminal. He's not trying to run away.
 How can this happen in America?" Ibrahim Parlak said.
     At Huseyin's visit to Detroit in April following the announcement of
 deportation proceedings, he was told by immigration officials that they
 would not proceed with the deportation, but would allow his case to be
 resolved in the courts. At that time they re-issued his work permit and
 asked for his passport, which he gave them. "We feel that they did this to
 put his mind at rest, and now we feel we have been tricked," Ibrahim Parlak
 added.
     Granted a student visa in 2004, Huseyin applied for a change of status
 to political asylum when the Turkish government re-opened the criminal case
 of separatism against his brother. Husseyin's asylum request was denied by
 the Board of Immigration Appeals.
     Ibrahim was granted asylum in 1992 based on his disclosure of political
 involvement in Turkey, and subsequent imprisonment by the Turkish
 government on the charge of separatism.
     Ibrahim was taken into custody by the Department of Homeland Security
 in 2004 on the grounds that his activism for Kurdish rights in Turkey in
 the 1980s make him a threat to national security. Ibrahim has since been
 released, is free on bond while he appeals his right to remain in the
 United States to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
     Contact: Martin Dzuris, 269-469-9957, or cell, 269-449-0023,
 martin@freeibrahim.com; or Michelle Gazzolo, 269-470-6726,
 Mgazzolo@comcast.net
 
 

SOURCE Friends of Ibrahim
    DETROIT, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Huseyin Parlak, brother of
 Ibrahim Parlak, was abruptly arrested by the Department of Homeland
 Security (DHS) and deported to Turkey today while on a scheduled visit to
 the offices of Immigration & Customs Enforcement in Detroit.
     His deportation followed a denial of his motion to stay the order of
 removal by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals - the same court that ordered
 Ibrahim deported. Ibrahim is in the process of appealing his deportation
 decision.
     Customarily DHS provides families with 72 hours notice before a
 deportation occurs. But in Huseyin's case, no notice was given raising
 questions whether DHS broke its own customary notification rules.
     Huseyin's lawyer, Robert Carpenter, was unable to confer with his
 client, as he received a copy of the decision after Huseyin had been put on
 the plane. What will happen when he arrives in Turkey is unclear.
     "I'm just shocked that Huseyin is gone and so upset that I didn't even
 have the chance to say good bye. He could have at least had the opportunity
 to talk to his lawyer. He's not a criminal. He's not trying to run away.
 How can this happen in America?" Ibrahim Parlak said.
     At Huseyin's visit to Detroit in April following the announcement of
 deportation proceedings, he was told by immigration officials that they
 would not proceed with the deportation, but would allow his case to be
 resolved in the courts. At that time they re-issued his work permit and
 asked for his passport, which he gave them. "We feel that they did this to
 put his mind at rest, and now we feel we have been tricked," Ibrahim Parlak
 added.
     Granted a student visa in 2004, Huseyin applied for a change of status
 to political asylum when the Turkish government re-opened the criminal case
 of separatism against his brother. Husseyin's asylum request was denied by
 the Board of Immigration Appeals.
     Ibrahim was granted asylum in 1992 based on his disclosure of political
 involvement in Turkey, and subsequent imprisonment by the Turkish
 government on the charge of separatism.
     Ibrahim was taken into custody by the Department of Homeland Security
 in 2004 on the grounds that his activism for Kurdish rights in Turkey in
 the 1980s make him a threat to national security. Ibrahim has since been
 released, is free on bond while he appeals his right to remain in the
 United States to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
     Contact: Martin Dzuris, 269-469-9957, or cell, 269-449-0023,
 martin@freeibrahim.com; or Michelle Gazzolo, 269-470-6726,
 Mgazzolo@comcast.net
 
 SOURCE Friends of Ibrahim