HARBERT, Mich. (AP) — The federal government is appealing a ruling that a southwestern Michigan restaurant owner from Turkey who has been facing deportation for more than a decade will be allowed to stay in the United States.
Ibrahim Parlak was granted a deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture, an international law protecting refugees from being returned under threat of torture or death. Immigration Judge Katheryn Deangelis ruled Parlak's fear for his safety upon deportation was well-founded.
The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports Parlak's lawyers got notice Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security is appealing, saying the judge didn't weigh the evidence thoroughly.
The owner of Cafe Gulistan in Harbert was granted asylum in the U.S. in 1992 after being convicted in Turkey of supporting the Kurdish separatist movement. Immigration officials began efforts to deport him in 2004.
Information from: The Herald-Palladium, http://www.heraldpalladium.com