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Congressman Upton remains committed to helping Ibrahim Parlak fight unjust deportation. Please see below for more details.

Current Legislative Action
115th Congress - H.R. 461, For the relief of Ibrahim Parlak 

News

Upton and Schakowsky Statements on One Year Deferred Action Granted to Ibrahim Parlak
New York Times Magazine: The Politics of Ibrahim Parlak 
The New Yorker: The Wasteful Case Against Ibrahim Parlak 
MLive: U.S. Rep. Fred Upton pledges support to Ibrahim Parlak in deportation fight 
WSJM: Upton Working to Keep Parlak in U.S. 
Upton and Shawkowsky: Reopen Ibrahim Parlak Case 

Timeline

Since 2004, Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, has been actively engaged on an issue of great importance: Preventing the unjust deportation of Harbert, Michigan, resident Ibrahim Parlak and keeping him here in the United States. Please see below for more details.

1991 – Ibrahim Parlak, a Kurd from Southern Turkey, is granted asylum to the United States based on his well-founded fear of religious persecution in his homeland.

July 2004 – After living and raising his daughter peacefully in Chicago and Southwest Michigan for 13 years, Parlak is arrested following a meeting with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

July 2004 – Parlak’s family reaches out to Congressman Upton’s office following his arrest, seeking assistance.

August 2004 – Upton’s office requests, and receives, information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding Parlak’s background.

Summer/Fall 2004 – Upton’s office works with Parlak family to begin inquiring on his behalf to DHS and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

November 2004 – Upton sends letter to DHS Office of Border and Transportation Security Secretary in Washington D.C. requesting specifics for Parlak’s case.

2005 - Ibrahim's legal case proceeds through the Board of Immigration Appeals, US District Courts and Appellate Courts. Upton's office continues to work with the Parlak family and counsel as he defends his case and appeals.

December 13, 2005 – With judicial options exhausted, Upton introduces bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House in tandem with U.S. Senator Carl Levin to grant Ibrahim permanent residency, effectively halting the deportation process (legislative text can be found here and here). 

January 2005 – Upton receives response from DHS on the statutes and laws governing the case and deportation orders that are governing the agency’s actions. DHS assures Upton they are coordinating with Parlak’s lawyer to inform them of the proceedings and charges.

January 17, 2007 – As the 110th Congress begins, Upton re-introduces bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House in tandem with U.S. Senator Carl Levin to grant Ibrahim permanent residency, effectively halting the deportation process (legislative text can be found here and here).  

February 10, 2009 – As the 111th Congress begins, Upton re-introduces bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House in tandem with U.S. Senator Carl Levin to grant Ibrahim permanent residency, effectively halting the deportation process (legislative text can be found here and here). 

March 5, 2010 – Upton and Levin send memo to Secretary of DHS Janet Napolitano requesting DHS to end removal proceedings for Ibrahim.

Summer 2005 – Upton and Levin hold conference call with Secretary Napolitano regarding Parlak’s case and a deferral is granted that can be renewed with the private legislation every two years.

February 14, 2011 – As the 112th Congress begins, Upton re-introduces bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House in tandem with U.S. Senator Carl Levin to grant Parlak permanent residency, effectively halting the deportation process (legislative text can be found here and here). 

February 13, 2013 – As the 113th Congress begins, Upton re-introduces bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House in tandem with U.S. Senator Carl Levin to grant Ibrahim permanent residency, effectively halting the deportation process (legislative text can be found here and here).  

November 13, 2014 – Upton sends letter to new Department of Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson to use prosecutorial discretion in the case of Parlak and stay the removal proceedings, knowing that Senator Levin is retiring.

January 2015 – ICE informs Upton that an additional year of deferred action on Parlak would expire on December 24, 2015.

February 5, 2015 – As the 114th Congress begins, Upton re-introduces private legislation for the relief of Ibrahim Parlak. Due to the retirement of Senator Levin, no companion bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to date. Upton’s House bill is referred to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

August 2015 – Upton’s office begins inquiring to the U.S. Department of Treasury and FBI in regards to financial institutions closing Parlak’s accounts for unstated reasons and requesting he move his money elsewhere.

September 11, 2015 – Congressman Upton briefs Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Parlak’s case, his confidence in Parlak, and to inquire on proceedings in the House necessary to request a stay of removal. Following the meeting the House Judiciary Committee begins its exploration into Parlak’s background, DHS file, and legal history – as required by House Rules.

December 16, 2015 – Congressman Upton speaks with Director of Detroit ICE Field Office Rebecca Adducci by phone regarding pending removal proceedings.

December 17, 2015 – Congressman Upton speaks with Rep. Mike McCaul, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, regarding Parlak’s case. Rep. McCaul in a later conversation this day speaks with Secretary Johnson about his awareness of Ibrahim Parlak’s case.

December 18, 2015 – Congressman Upton speaks again with Director Adducci by phone regarding Parlak’s case, urging a deferral.

December 23, 2015 – Parlak is granted a 90-day deferral by DHS. His lawyers are told that the Congressional support and raising this case to the Secretary was critical in securing the deferral which now allows his motions to reopen the case with the Immigration Review Board to proceed.

January 20, 2016 – Congressman Upton and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, send a letter to DHS and ICE officials in support of the motion to reopen the case against Ibrahim. The letter is based on fresh evidence of rising threats from the Kurdish people in Turkey in sharp contrast to Ibrahim’s initial denial. Ibrahim signs statement seeking relief that is granted by Congressman Upton’s private bill and  Upton also signs statement in support of Ibrahim – both documents are necessary as Upton proceeds according to House Rules for the consideration of a private bill.

February 8, 2016 – Congressman Upton and Congresswoman Schakowsky both receive letters from Turkey Consulate urging the deportation of Ibrahim. Upton calls the letter “troubling."

August 16, 2016 - The United States Board of Immigration grants Ibrahim a Motion to Reopen (MTR) his case to have his Convention Against Torture claim re-examined by an Immigration Judge. The MTR means that the 2004 order of removal is no longer final and Ibrahim is safe from being removed from the U.S. until the issue is resolved. Read Congressman Upton's statement on this news here.

January 12, 2017 - Congressman Upton re-introduces private legislation for the relief of Ibrahim Parlak. No companion bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to date. 

July 17, 2018 - Congressman Upton applauds the news that Ibrahim's application for deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture has been granted, saying "Justice has prevailed.

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FreeIbrahim.com 
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