"This is more than a Harbert story. This is a national story. We are a nation of immigrants."
U.S. Representative Fred Upton (Michigan's 6th Congressional District - 8/30/2009)

 Give him Liberty or set him Free!


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What People are Saying...

  August 1, 2010 - Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune columnist, writes about Ibrahim in his Sidewalks page.  Click here to read the text of his article.

July, 2010 - Geof Stone, University of Chicago Professor and Barack Obama colleague writes article in Huffington Post in support of Ibrahim. Click here to read the text of his post.

May, 2010 - Michigan State Senator Ron Jelinek introduced a resolution to the state Senate in support of Ibrahim, calling for resoration of his permanent residency status and supporting a path to full U.S. citizenship.  Sen. Jelinek also invited Ibrahim to speak before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, May 26th in Lansing.
Click here to read the text of the resolution from a draft.

March, 2010 - The National Immigration Justice Center filed a brief as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in support of Ibrahim's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the findings of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Click here to read the brief.

February, 2010 - Ibrahim's legal team filed a brief requesting a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge the findings of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Click here to read the brief.

Judge Martin of the Sixth Circuit Court wrote a strong dissent when the Court turned down Ibrahim's request for a review by all 15 judges of the Sixth Circuit of the appellate panel's decision against Ibrahim.  Click here to read Judge Martin's opinion.

The Legal team has filed a brief with the Sixth Circuit Court, a "petition for rehearing with suggestion for rehearing en banc", which means a review by the entire panel of 15 judges.  Click here to read the brief. Another brief was recently filed by the National Immigrant Justice Center and other organizations representing immigrants, that brief being in support of Ibrahim. To read their brief, click here.

"Mr. Parlak is a good man and a model immigrant. He should be given the chance to remain in the United States and continue the life that he has built for his community, his daughter and himself all these years."
– U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D - Michigan)


"Mr. Parlak should be given the chance to remain in his community and raise his daughter, without any fear of arrest or deportation."
– U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R - Michigan)


"Ibrahim Parlak has been a model immigrant vigorously asserting his right to remain in the United States. He is not a threat to anyone..."
– U.S. District Senior Judge Avern Cohn (Michigan)


"And there is nothing ordinary (or proper) about a proceeding infected from the start by extensive reliance on evidence likely induced by torture, particularly where the IJ could not be bothered to do more than copy and paste swaths of the government's briefs. Those errors cannot be wished away by imaginative reconstruction – immigrants deserve better."
"I remain hopeful, nevertheless, that this case is but a sad remnant of an era of paranoid, overzealous, error-riddled, and misguided anti-terrorism and immigration enforcement now gone by the wayside."
– Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr. (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit)


"As he investigates questions of U.S. torture abroad, here's hoping Holder examines the ongoing domestic legal torture of Ibrahim Parlak."
– Carol Marin (Chicago Sun Times)


"I have a dream that one day this world will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all humans are created equal.’ I have a dream that one day my uncle, Ibrahim Parlak will be able to sit down together with his daughter without the fear of departing any moment and never seeing her again. I have a dream that one day even in the country of Turkey, a country sweltering with the heat of injustice and sweltering with the heat of oppression against the minority, the kurdish people will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. But at this moment in time this country is far away from this dream. Where they deny this monority group to speak, write or read in their native language, to practice their culture and more severely they deny their existence. I have a dream that my uncle, Ibrahin Parlak will one day live in a world where he will not be judged by the color of his skin, his ethniticty nor his beliefs but by the content of his character... Yes, I have a dream that humanity and justice will prevail one day in this world. Please help me and mankind to make this dream come true!!! Please provide my uncle, Ibrahim Parlak his American Dream! I love you uncle (dayi). Thank you for taking the time to read this."
– Fatma Oeksuez, Ibrahim's niece



 

Recent Articles

  Ryan Juszkiewicz has been filming a documentary on Ibrahim's situation for several years.  As he nears completion we look forward to seeing the fruits of his labor.  He recently posted a clip from the documentary on YouTube.  Click here to view it.

October 6. 2009 - South Bend Tribune - Speaking up for Ibrahim


August 31. 2009 - Chicago Sun Times - Carol Marin - Torture on Homefront Cries Out For Justice


August 31. 2009 – South Bend Tribune – Parlak speaks out at rally on court's deportation decision


August 30. 2009 – South Bend Tribune – The trials of Ibrahim Parlak










 

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."
Abraham Lincoln